September 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.



  • Functional safety concepts in motor control

    Functional safety of embedded software-dependent controls is becoming a growing concern as programmable components replace traditional electromechanical components in safety-related systems.

  • Here comes the virtual factory

    Industry expert and frequent Control Design contributor Loren Shaum reports on new, evolving 3-D technology that could lead to complete process simulation and commissioning before installation.

  • Results of our 2006 Readers' Choice Awards

    Value rises above the rest as readers make known their choices among automation suppliers. Check out which companies they recognize for providing the best technology values, services and support.

  • Tighter controls lead to cutting remarks

    September's OEM Spotlight shines on a Milwaukee-based cutting systems machine builder that designs its plasma and oxy-fuel cutting machinery well above commodity performance levels for its customers.

  • Outsource your engineering?

    Is executing the design, startup, and support for your control, instrumentation, and electrical systems with internal resources always the right approach? Find out in this month’s installment of Machine Builder Mojo.

  • Deep dive into brands

    The days of proprietary solutions that locked controls buyers into a supplier are pretty much over. Has a more-open-architecture, standards-based industry dimmed the value of your brand affinity?

  • Slow going for IEC-61131

    Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, believes in PLCopen and its IEC-61131 language base and thinks you should too, but only after you get to know it well. Things sometimes are not as they appear.

  • Operator panel goes modular

    As the complexity of industrial machine operation increases, operator display panels are becoming far more than just a place to perform simple operations and observe machine and system behaviors.

  • We don't use system integrators

    This is the first of a two-part discussion about the relationship between the controls professionals at machine builder companies and independent system integrators. Next month: an SI’s take on the relationship.