August 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.
The need for more flexibility is driving pharmaceutical manufacturers to servo-centric packaging machines, but concerns remain about validation and the blue screen of death with PC-based controls.
In part two of this two-part column, small machine builders in the long tail market, and their suppliers, are using the Internet in a way that lets them enjoy the same service as their larger brethren.
At a tradeshow, we often dont get the time, attention, and focus of vendors if were not an existing customer. At AutomationXchange, anyone with an automation initiative is important.
An informal poll of Machine Builder Nation shows most respondents in all operating system speed classes say theyre largely satisfied with their stated OS performance, or at least satisfied enough for now.
Although various types of multivariable transmitters have been around for some time, their value to the skid builder has been mixed, especially in terms of their effect on faster, more reliable installations.
Salary increases and a healthy optimism among machine control professionals are the highlights of our 2006 Salary and State-of-Mind Survey. Check out all the data and our series of interviews here.
We're trying to get a better understanding of the real-time operating systems (RTOS) decisions being made by machine builders using PC-based control with or without third-party RTOS kernels.
Global Trends Cause Problems and Create Seemingly Unfair Advantages, but Also Provide Opportunities for U.S. Machine Builders to Have a Big Impact
It's easy to make plans that appear to validate that what we do is well-conceived, but unless those actions are measured, tested and challenged, they usually have little value and can end up in a drawer.
A roundup of products new to the market shows advances in data loggers, digital recorders and complete DAQ systems are making it easier for machine builders to use in distributed DAQ applications.
As an OEM making automated packaging equipment, this company is caught in the middle of the battle between IT and automation at its customers plants.
A reader wants to know if they shopuld be looking for fingerprint or retina scanners or the like when upgrading security features, and if they are cost-effective compared to more traditional security measures.
The OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW) recently released its updated Guidelines for Packaging Automation, Version 3.1, which includes guidelines for PackAL.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Associations (NEMA, www.nema.org) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) gauging current conditions in North American measured 53.6 in June, 2006.
IMTS 2006 will showcase more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes to improve efficiency.
Continuing on its seemingly endless organzational odyssey, National Manufacturing Week will be co-located with the Assembly and Quality tradeshows near Chicago in late September 2007.
The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) has again recognized Control Design for editorial and design excellence.