March 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.
Readers of Control Design explain their preferences and help to identify the newest trends in the annual study on how you research, specify and buy your automation and control products.
Editor in Chief Joe Feeley constantly wonders how we can better present content to you, without wasting your time, and in a way that heads you in the right direction in your product research on the web.
Although the evolution of sensors hasnt been easy or fast, a roundup of new products and devices to the market shows the emergence of new technologies is driving the growth of MEMS-based devices.
The days of lifetime employment at one company are gone, notes Senior Tech Editor Dan Heber, PE, so it's up to you to maintain your value in the marketplace by strengthening your personal professional brand.
The advancement of networking, driver software, data collection capabilities, and the raw speed of available devices allows customers today to save money on their raw materials and finished goods.
As we look back at how machine automation has changed since 1997, Senior Tech Editor Jim Montague notes that standards, like any tools, are only good if theyre built right and applied correctly.
The nature and definition of PCs has evolved to the point theyre often unrecognizable from PCs of old, which makes it even more important for users to take care in selecting and implementing them.
This month's case history introduces us to a Michigan-based rolling-machine builder that uses integrated axis control valves to improve precision, reduce machine size and increase uptime.
Much-too-common close calls, combined with NFPA 70e requirements, create a need to move as many maintenance functions as possible outside of electrical enclosures.
A reader wants to know what his best options are for finding a control network with sufficient vendor and industry support for multiple sources of controllers, motors, drives, sensors, and components.
Fewer young people, along with an aging demographic, has resulted in an increased demand for quality people in the engineering sector, and an increasing inability to rely on a foreign-trained workforce.
Find the reliable information you've come to expect from editors, along with links to useful online articles, whitepapers and product guidance from inside the OEM community
The study attributes much of this progress to increased consumer demand for single-serve containers.
Results of the 2007 Customer Satisfaction Survey indicate buyers, users or distributors of instrumentation want some improvements from MCAA-member vendors.