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.



  • More wired than before

    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.

  • Showing our information age

    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.

  • A sense of the sensor market

    Although the evolution of sensors hasn’t 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.

  • Become your own brand

    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.

  • Our PLCs in action

    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.

  • Making sense of standards

    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 they’re built right and applied correctly.

  • IPCs: New form factors for new jobs

    The nature and definition of PCs has evolved to the point they’re often unrecognizable from PCs of old, which makes it even more important for users to take care in selecting and implementing them.

  • Integrated axes crank up cold working

    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.

  • Eliminate arc-flash hazard

    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.

  • I need a well-supported network

    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.

  • The perfect (talent) storm

    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.

  • This Month at

    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