March 2006 Issue


CONTROL DESIGN is the only industrial automation magazine dedicated to the automation information needs of industrial machine builders, those original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that build the machines that make industry work.



  • How should we train?

    A small specialty machine builder with designs on growing out of its currently regional market presence finds out what other builders think about the value of certifications for its younger employees.

  • No noise is good noise

    With the ever-increasing use of electronics for industrial machine control and information processing, machine builders must help enclosures handle electromagnetic interference (EMI) up front, at the design stage.

  • X-Y motion: Meters to nanometers

    Contributing columnist Wayne Labs takes a look at how multi-axis motion applications at both the macroscopic and microscopic levels are benefiting from the latest advances in x-y positioning systems.

  • Revealing research for the machines you build

    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley discusses a few things that hit him about the results of a new CONTROL DESIGN study that reveals how you research, specify and buy your automation and control products.

  • Your automation buying habits revealed

    With lots of options available, nearly 500 readers explain their preferences in a new CONTROL DESIGN reader study on how you research, specify and buy your automation and control products.

  • When a game is more than a game

    Networking systems that allow thousands of gamers to simultaneously interact via the Internet might be scaled down and adapted to collaborative engineering, design, and machine troubleshooting.

  • Business is a contact sport

    Columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, believes in a good team approach when preparing to work within global economies that demand it. But can working better as a team stem the flow of overseas jobs?

  • Nose to the grindstone, eyes to the future

    As ever-increasing customer demands for better machine performance, reliability and support grind onward, one CNC machine builder is unafraid of evolving its operating system to keep its competitive edge.

  • Just browsing on the factory floor

    For the right applications, web-based machine monitoring begins finding places in automation solutions, allowing operators easy access to controls on the plant floor and machine data via the Internet.

  • Sensor market stays wired

    With the evolution of industry standards and the deployment of lightweight wireless networking hardware, wireless has begun to make inroads into the industrial sensing market, but at a slow pace.

  • Vertical injection molder tightens controls

    Milacron’s acquisition of Autojectors has resulted in the production of a new machine that combines the technologies and expertise of both companies, proving some mergers can mix synergies beneficially.

  • Don’t let the brain become a gray matter

    Because code visibility is low, it can be tempting for a controls programmer to cut corners, especially when there’s a deadline. Yet this is one of the biggest mistakes a programmer can make. Read why.