November 2005 Issue



  • Presentation is everything with operator panels

    Field Editor Kevin Russelburg reports on the tough decisions we face when choosing an industrial PC or an operator panel for a particular machine control application in this edition of Specmate.

  • Our HMI heroes

    Embedded Intelligence writer Jeremy Pollard continues his series of columns on those influential few who made enormous impacts on the shape of industrial automation.

  • Vision takes control

    Vision systems play a more active role than just final inspection. Technology advances slowly are pushing vision sensors beyond pattern recognition roles and into limited forms of control.

  • A standard reaction

    Are standards fundamentally a good thing? Editor in Chief Joe Feeley doesn’t believe we’re likely to see an uprising of enthusiasm to return to the black-box era, but he'd like to hear what you think.

  • Secrets to improving machine performance

    Control Design has created an event that significantly facilitates peer-to-peer interaction and promotes important conversation among machine builders, and we invite you to participate as our guests.

  • 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

    Check Out Which Companies Have Been Recognized by Our Readers for Providing the Best Technology Values, Services and Support

  • Objects solid in automation

    Object-oriented programming (OOP) was designed from scratch with modules in mind and is straightforward, flexible, and an ideal tool for creating reliable applications to manage complex tasks.

  • RFID needs a little help from friends

    Perhaps the ultimate potentially enabling technology for RFID is wireless mesh networking, which would free RFID tags from having to communicate with one or a few readers or antennas.

  • Motion markets on the move

    In this Product Roundup of motion control technologies, swelling energy costs and multiplying capabilities are sparking stronger growth in motors, motion and related industries.

  • Should I learn object-based programming?

    What are the advantages and downsides of becoming functional in object-based programming, and how hard is it to learn? Check out The Answer to this problem here.

  • An integrated approach to electrical design

    Engineering base electrical design software puts every plant object in one database and makes all information accessible through alphanumerical dialogs without the need to create or change diagrams.

  • Beware corporate safety standards

    Machine builders are often put in a tough situation by a dictated standard because they also must assume partial liability for something they didn’t engineer.