January 2006 Issue


  • Automation advances that are shaping the future

    Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard shakes off the ghosts of automation's past to find some opinions about more recent automation advances that are shaping the future right now.

  • Trouble-free troubleshooting

    As machine builders, playing "what if?" is a common technique when undertaking the complex chore of troubleshooting what went wrong with your system.

  • The shape of things to come

    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley tells us what's around the corner in 2006, including an increase in the number of CONTROL DESIGN issues you'll receive this year, and some new projects that are underway.

  • CONTROL DESIGN's 2006 market update

    Machine builders, associations and analysts say common-sense preparation can brighten uncertain futures. So if your silver lining has gotten a bit tarnished lately, now is a good time to shine it up!

  • Power consistency is control cornerstone

    Providing technical machines with high-quality power and protecting them from power surges and other disturbances is crucial when designing reliability into industrial automation systems.

  • Need dictates control platform choice

    History and a little OEM Insight shows that when hardware solutions based on proprietary firmware become obsolete, the cost of replacing them creates serious sticker shock.

  • Traditional motion still having a ball

    Field Editor Jason Christopher went looking for innovations in motion and drives and found that design and performance advances help tried-and-true ball screw technology stay ahead of new linear motion methods.

  • Reader Feedback: Give us a piece of your mind

    Read what CONTROL DESIGN readers and web site visitiors have to say in Feedback. We welcome all comments, suggestions, criticism and praise. We're particularly fond of the praise, but we really do value the criticism.

  • Machine builders take over the controls

    Show your customers how giving you the freedom to specify machine control systems will improve their plant operations through better performance, less downtime, and reduced maintenance costs.

  • You think you'’ve got PID troubles?

    A builder of turnkey, PLC-based batching and blending systems is finding it increasingly harder to control some loops with basic PID. Find out what the experts recommend in The Answer to Your Problems.

  • Analog I/O: connected but safely isolated

    Today’s analog I/O device vendors are giving industrial I/O builders functionality that includes Ethernet communication, digital and capacitive isolation, built-in sensors and new levels of configurability.