May 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
Editor in Chief Joe Feeley wants ControlDesign.com to be the first web resource that members of Machine Builder Nation think of when they have a problem to research and resolve.
Machine builders selling outside of the U.S. and Canada must comply with the same general component usage, assembly, and panel sticker requirements. However, finding information and services can be difficult.
Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard addresses the subject of accessing data from your server over the Internet, and asks how can we do better in both performance and cost?
How a Growing Understanding of World Standards Has Enhanced the Value of Programmable Safety Systems
To limit liability and the risk of getting a raw deal, OEMs need to develop a strong safeguarding background. This article helps you determine whether a potential business aligns with your long-term goals.
Coil-Handling and Press-Feeding Machine OEM Build a Better Component-Neutral Plug-and-Play Machine That Relies Heavily on Modular Segments and Onboard Modular I/O Connectivity
Several flow simulation packages are available to solve problems in everything from injection molding to designing hydraulic and pneumatic controls
A Product Roundup of new programmable control devices and components shows that improvements in capabilities are keeping pace with discrete machine applications for various emerging markets.
This installment of OEM Insight warns astute customers about the dangers of losing PLC software programs, and how important it is to backup your PC programs while they are still alive in the processor.
OEM Spotlight shines on a machine builder's monoblock servo bottle filler/capper motion control system that uses four servo axes and three variable-speed motors to accurately control its motion.
In this installment of The Answer to Your Problems, a reader receives tips on how to measure material velocity and flow rate at several key positions when pneumatically conveying very friable materials.
A new ISA committee, SP104, plans to accelerate implementation and uses of fieldbus devices throughout industry with a standard that adopts the generic language specified by IEC 61804 to describe the properties of automation system components.
Users of microprocessor-based, single-loop (MP-SL) industrial temperature controllers report on what types of digital communication interfaces were included on the MP-SL controllers they purchased in 2005, and which they expect in five years.
A new study by Automated Imaging Association (AIA), the worlds largest machine vision trade group, shows solid growth in 2005, with continued strength ahead.