November 2006 Issue



  • Know your serials

    Created back in the 1960s, serial communication interfacing (SCI) today is a relatively standard method of communicating on the factory floor—particularly in legacy machine control systems.

  • A look back at the future

    Editor in Chief Joe Feeley introduces November's look back at 2006, and tells us what to look forward to when we next meet in 2007, Control Design’s 10-year anniversary.

  • Less math = better engineers

    More free electives equals more free time equals more socialization equals engineers with much better people skills. It’s amazing that engineering deans cannot comprehend such a simple equation.

  • 30 years young

    Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard notes the divergence of people doing things and machines doing things has led to a large segment of workers who don’t have to think because machines do it for them.

  • See and sort see-through plastics

    A systems integrator combined a special lighting technique, a specific camera-acquisition mode, image processing in color space, and a well-synchronized rejection device to create a new machine vision solution.

  • A Little Machine Vision Advice

    A custom machine builder gets answers to its problems concerning the pros and cons of buying a turn-key, all-in-one vision sensor package vs. something more versatile and powerful.

  • Pneumatic solutions in machine control design

    For machine designers, the introduction of servo-pneumatic systems has meant new applications for pneumatics that were, not too long ago, reserved strictly for electric servos driving optimized mechanisms.

  • Essential alarm management

    Executive Editor Jim Montague takes a look at a new book covering how to justify alarm management, deciding what should be an alarm, real-time alarm handling methods, and the future of alarm management.

  • How Control Software Expands Possibilities

    While Demand Grows for Platforms That Include HMI, Logic and Communications, Today's Systems Make Machine Builders and End Users More Aware of Open-Architecture Benefits

  • Successful SI relationship tips

    A little OEM insight says to expect integrators to bring their knowledge into your project, but your specific domain expertise is invaluable to avoid reinvention or, even worse, repeats of past mistakes.

  • Our web poll on after-sales support is closing. Vote now

    Does your company provide after-sales technical support, and if so, how much and what kind? And what's the cost structure? Take our new Web Poll and let us know. Also find out how others have voted on this poll and previous polls, too.