February 2007 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.
ArchestrA provides the infrastructure of primary functional services that are common to virtually all industrial automation applications.
We spend a lot of time spotlighting automation and control best practices among machine builders, yet theres not a lot of conversation about what lean manufacturing means for them.
This article looks at how machine builders and their suppliers view total lifecycle costs associated with automation hardware and software, with the focus on reducing costs while still maintaining performance.
A good strategy starts with knowing your worth in the marketplace. Keep your resumé up to date, periodically search for a new job, and establish your value. Only then can you get your employer to see the light.
The coverage of IEC-61131 is complete and rivals standalone books on the subject. The author covers the languages, the application of the languages, and where the big benefits come from.
When Microsoft released .NET technology, writing software for embedded operating systems such as Windows CE became as easy as writing a desktop application.
Its important to note that, from day one, the GigE Vision framework was designed to support a range of different performance levels and feature sets. Control Design Executive Editor Jim Montague explains why.
The latest products in our industry roundup of HMI software and hardware devices include upgraded GUIs, wireless keyboards and budget-friendly systems.
This article shows why open-loop, algorithmic motor control is an accurate, less-costly alternative to sensor-based drive solutions. In combination, the two offer unique redundancy value. Read why.
As contributing editor Loren Shaum notes, leveraging a safety-minded company culture, new standards, and safety devices built to those standards make machines safer, and safety relays play a big part.
Readers offer up advice on installing redundant, DIN-rail, 24 V, switch-mode power supplies in parallel in this installment of The Answer to Your Problems.
Mikrons G05 production cell handles critical need for automated cell phone speaker assembly.