October 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 might be better off to put their money on improving existing installations and new machines for new plants rather than worrying about jumping into the RFID circus.
If you dont try to approach a level of expected reliability with your more knowledgeable customers, you might find that if you need a new machine and dont buy it, you pay for it without ever getting it.
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 months installment of Machine Builder Mojo.
With the degree of change on some software platforms, paying huge dough for a product you will use sparingly really is pretty outrageous, making Internet access not just an option, but a necessity.
This months OEM Spotlight shines on a Germany-based OEMs design of a mobile palletizer that could be moved from one production line to another, and integrated into production flows quickly and easily.
Tools Ranging From Simulation/Emulation to Web-Based Diagnostics Are Pushing CAD and CAE Drawings Into the Real World
Industry expert Ernst Dummermuth discusses the working of autonomous cooperating systems to achieve overall process performance characteristics and provides a real-world example to the theories.
Several Trends Occurring in the Design and Development of These Products Are Used by Machine Builders for Their Control Applications
HMI software packages designed to run efficiently on PDAs dont have all the features of their big brothers, but most of them have more than enough functionality for remote monitoring and control.
The most-often overlooked factor in selecting a system integrator to implement technologies or platforms new to the machine builder is their willingness to transfer knowledge and deliver source code.
DirectIndustry.com provides a virtual industrial exhibition accessible in five languages. This B2B site presents a large collection of industrial equipment and components available on the international market.
A supplier of machines to the contract liquid-filling industry seeks advice on whether it should augment its PLC controls with a PC-based HMI or convert entirely to PC-based control to obtain needed connectivity.
NAMs president, John Engler, says the shortage of skilled workers and a looming skills gap are the biggest challenges facing U.S. manufacturing.
As technology moves forward and packaging automation specialists develop purpose-built technology to change how packaging machines are designed, the familiar PLC-driven vendor spec has stifled innovation and speed to market.