May 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.
The quest for a better, safer paint job led this manufacturer to redesign its traditional spray-bell machines, which atomized paint in the shape of a bell, to its first robot on a standard meter-wide pedestal.
A reader wants to know what his best options are for reliable, and easily connectable wireless sensors for vibration monitoring, temperature and presence sensing, and other monitoring and control applications.
This is an excerpt from reliability expert Daryl Mathers article at ControlDesign.coms sister site PlantServices.com. It provides a practical end-customer viewpoint on diagnostics and troubleshooting.
Designed for HVAC pump and fan applications, the Altivar 21 drive should allow OEMs and control panel builders to focus on the essentials of the task at hand.
This global designer and manufacturer of ultra-high-pressure waterjet systems helped develop a full-featured, water-resistant pendant that works with its PC-based motion control system.
There are a lot of options to consider when addressing machine safety issues, but as Control Design Editor in Chief Joe Feeley learned at the virtual corner tavern, the end result can be worth it.
In our May cover story, Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert, PE, takes a practical look at the convergence of safety-related devices and networks with their machine control counterparts.
In this installment of Machine Builder Mojo, Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, says that although eBook devices are fairly new, its easy to envision a future in which we use them as readily as e-mail.
Find the reliable information you've come to expect from our editors, along with links to useful online articles and whitepapers from around the industrial OEM community for May 2007
As we continue towards our 10th anniversary in June, Contributing Editor Loren Shaum reviews the changes that have happened over the past decade with drives, motors and motion controllers.
Embedded Intelligence columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, is not declaring that encryption isnt safe, but its only software, so how much can an insider make by selling the algorithms to the competition?
We focus on programmable controls for discrete machine applications. Although they still come with different names, what they do is becoming more and more the same.
In the past, OEMs and end users had no choice but to specify cabinet-mounted programmable controllers for their machine automation.
When making choices about machine controls, nearly every machine builder and its customers agree on one thing: machines have to be more modular and the controls more compact and more distributed.
As a researcher, you want to look at whats going on under the hood, but the things you may find to improve performance cant always be tested because everything is proprietary.
This case history expands upon the story behind one of our 2007 Innovator Award winners who reinvigorated a thirty-year-old rotary blow molding machine with new PCs to boost I/O speed and flexibility.
An injection molding cell designed, built, and programmed by the robotics team at Ohio Northern University (ONU) won the Gold award in its division and was named the 2007 Robot of the Year
Employment statistics indicate that growth in the nations high-tech industries is picking up.