November 2006 Issue
Created back in the 1960s, serial communication interfacing (SCI) today is a relatively standard method of communicating on the factory floorparticularly in legacy machine control systems.
Cooperation by a builders electrical and mechanical engineers led to the creation of a more integrated straight-track conveyor, which uses one onboard drive motor to do the work of four.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Consolidation Trends Affecting Machine Builders and How One Company Is Coping With Globalization
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 Designs 10-year anniversary.
More free electives equals more free time equals more socialization equals engineers with much better people skills. Its amazing that engineering deans cannot comprehend such a simple equation.
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 dont have to think because machines do it for them.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Touchscreens led the way in shipments of operator interface terminals to North America in 2005, according to a recent market report by Venture Development Corp.
Check out our Web Poll results to find out how many of you belong to a machine builder trade organization.