June 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.



  • Innovation insurance

    Machine builders who spend a concentrated amount of time solving today’s problems while thinking about tomorrow’s opportunities are unlikely to hear a customer ask, “What have you done for me lately?”

  • Tale of the long tail

    The classic long-tail market for machine building shows that when the costs of product design, marketing, technical support, and distribution fall, then a wide range of substitute, niche products become available.

  • Head Downtime Off at the Pass

    How OEMs Are Marshalling the Forces of Smart Sensors and Diagnostics Software to Make Sure Trouble Doesn't Ride Roughshod Over Machine Utilization

  • ECAD software eases electrification

    Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard takes a look at control drawing software options and finds you can move easily into using two new ECAD programs for control drawings and layouts.

  • Power up with hydraulics

    Once a declining power source, new initiatives in hydraulics are fueling their revival. University of Minnesota Professor, Kim Stelson, outlines work done on campus test beds and by progressive machine builders.

  • Flat-panel computers pack power

    In this Product Exclusive for CONTROL DESIGN, Sealevel Systems has introduced a family of touchscreen flat-panel computers designed to operate over a wide temperature range without fans or other moving parts.

  • Old and new devices unite under OPC

    In order to help its customers connect older machines with newer ones, this industrial controls OEM built a flexible, OPC-based network that provides turnkey solutions for factory and equipment monitoring.

  • Expanded wet-sensor versatility

    Last year, Aquasensors introduced an all-digital, wet-chemistry, parametric sensor product schema it named Datastick, and has just released four new parameters for the Datastick family.

  • ECAD software enables innovation

    This installment of TechFlash introduces readers to new innovations in ECAD technology that could lead to complete virtual design, build, and machine commissioning before a system is constructed.

  • What’s all this about FPGAs?

    In this installment of The Answer to Your Problems, a reader receives advice on how to use field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) as an embedded controller alternative to provide unique behaviors.

  • It's all about insight

    Whether it's with a customer or a key technology supplier, the old fashioned art of talking with each other is really the only new way to survive today.