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.



  • Never bite the hand that feeds you feedback

    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley wants to be the first web resource that members of Machine Builder Nation think of when they have a problem to research and resolve.

  • You must comply with compliance standards

    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.

  • Virtual computing in the industrial world

    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?

  • Get functional safety savvy now

    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.

  • Input/Output System Customization

    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

  • Always call for backup of PLC software programs

    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.

  • Servos provide pharma packaging flexibility

    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.

  • How to measure velocity of fragile solids

    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.