April 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.SUBSCRIBE
A little OEM Insight shows that by following proven safety guidelines and performing risk assessments, engineers can identify the machine hazards, analyze the consequences, and design accordingly.
The winners of our 1st Annual Innovator Awards all built machines that represent significant departures from the past, and their customers bear witness to how these innovations improve their applications.
but it has wide-ranging implications that could spill over into Machine Builder Nation, particularly in the way your customers define the machine performance they need.
For a good reading the first time, every time, machine builders are increasingly employing 2-D bar codes, direct part-marking techniques and vision systems for data capture applications into their designs.
CONTROL DESIGN Editor in Chief, Joe Feeley, says an incomplete palette of operating data is just enough to be dangerous, particularly if that data is used to predict profit influences.
Hundreds of studies show its so much easier to keep an existing customer than to get a new one, but it can cost your company plenty if you use the wrong supplier.
Embedded Intelligence columnist, Jeremy Pollard, CET, wonders if we're forgetting to farm our own business infrastructures, processes and workers for help because we're too busy putting out fires.
A survey of CONTROL DESIGN readers shows that although machine builders are using industrial-grade handhelds in their designs with varying amounts of success, most customers remain unimpressed.
Lead/lag filters are better-suited for many loop control situations in which ramping blocks were presumed best, and are being used more frequently as an alternative to properly handle potential problems.
Elements Such as Actuators, Ball Screws, Cylinders and Positioners Are Crucial for Success
Many process industries embrace fieldbus technology, but, when it comes to hazardous environment applications, machine and skid builders who work in that space often need alternatives to those solutions.
Now that dual-core processors are available from AMD and Intel, does anyone think there could be task management performance advantages using a dual-core solution? Find out in The Answer to Your Problems.
This Product Exclusive introduces DIN-rail-mount slice I/O modules to the U.S. market. The modules operate as a controller when connected to an external CPU, and can be customized.
The library aims to increase software programming efficiencies and improve machine-to-machine communication.
The document describes its functionalities, and includes full-state diagrams to help users understand the spec, references to applicable standards, descriptions of error behavior, functional checks, error codes, and different programming levels.