February 2006 Issue
Our annual Product Roundup of HMI software and operator interface hardware reveals that technological advances in development should sustain current market growth over the next few years.
How Sensible Simplifying Ever-More Complex Machine Control Applications Is, and How Practical it Is Now or Might Someday Be
It seems that AC drives and motors are becoming serious alternatives to DC and even hydraulic-powered control solutions. Contributing Editor Wayne Labs investigates the implications for today's machine builder.
This month's TechFlash column reviews the latest advances in relays, and why the programmable varieties in particular retain popularity with control system designers.
CONTROL DESIGN field contributor Kevin Russelburg takes us back to the basics of control signals with a few tips for ensuring accurate and dependable signal processing in this installment of SpecMate.
This case history examines the manner by which an equipment builder took a step forward when it combined precise motion control with machine vision feedback to expand its inspection machine capabilities.
Editor in Chief Joe Feeley expects the pursuit and corralling of operating and lifecycle factory-floor data will do nothing but increase in the future, and he offers more evidence of how this will impact machine OEMs.
Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, waited 22 years before deciding that teaching and writing was the best answer to his career woes. If you can afford the likely pay cut, you might want to look into it, too.
CONTROL DESIGN Columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, wonders what most of us would do if our businesses were interrupted -- seriously interrupted -- by something that stopped us from doing our daily work.
A little OEM Insight shows us that when new control systems are installed with the help of the machine builder, the latest proven control methods and strategies can revitalize performance.
Readers offer up advice on how to evaluate the worth of an electrical CAD program, including how to judge databases, training requirements, upgrades and support, in The Answer to Your Problems.
Speedline Technologies Launches New Stencil Printer That Uses Parallel-Processing Technology and CANopen Networking to Produce Better-Quality Circuit Boards
In a survey of end users, OEMs and systems integrators, researchers found purchasers of temperature controllers chose two-loop, microprocessor-based, multiple-loop controllers most often.
Physicists report the first sighting of atoms flying in the shape of a cube, similar to the recoil received when firing a gun.
The Ethernet Alliance promises to be the industry voice in an effort to aggressively accelerate the growth and expansion of IEEE 802 Ethernet technologies.
A temporarily displaced New Orleans resident bought a 1927 oscillating spindle sander earlier in 2005 for $20 and is the winner of Bodine Electrics 100th Anniversary oldest motor contest.
National Manufacturing Week 2006 will offer its usual four-show format and expanded conference schedule March 20-23 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center near Chicago.
In its survey of end users, OEMs and systems integrators, Venture Development Corp. found the purchasers of MP-ML temperature controllers chose two-loop MP-ML controllers most often, and project this will remain the case, but at a lower percentage share.