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.
Machine builders who spend a concentrated amount of time solving todays problems while thinking about tomorrows opportunities are unlikely to hear a customer ask, What have you done for me lately?
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.
How OEMs Are Marshalling the Forces of Smart Sensors and Diagnostics Software to Make Sure Trouble Doesn't Ride Roughshod Over Machine Utilization
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smart Cameras and Greater Scalability Drive Innovations in Discrete Manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers at IBM have built the first complete electronic integrated circuit around one carbon nanotube molecule, a new material that shows promise for providing enhanced performance over todays standard silicon semiconductors.
ODVA reports the U.S. Council for Automotive Research (USCAR) has agreed to support EtherNet/IP as the industrial Ethernet network standard for plant-floor applications in vehicle assembly facilities.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Associations (NEMA) Primary Industrial Controls Index increased 6.1% between 2005s fourth quarter (4Q05) and 2006s first quarter (1Q06), marking the indexs 10th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth.