June 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.
Junes OEM Spotlight shines on a manufacturer that recently added a new control platform, including an intuitive data screen, pushbuttons for machine movements, and operation-software wizards, to its machines that make plastic-composite decking.
This Product Roundup focuses on vision systems for discrete machine applications. New standards, lower costs, better software, and new illumination sources all contribute to the growth of machine vision.
It might seem wise to buy the cheapest packaging machine available, but you dont have to be an expert in the nuances of machine automation to know it can make the difference in purchasing decisions.
How Machine Builders and System Integrators Are Keep Them Running Economically, and Help the Users Migrate to New Technology
Columnist Jeremy Pollard, CET, notes customers are concerned about malicious damage intentions, yet the more we use Microsoft software and web services, the more we expose devices to hackers.
Our TechFlash focus this month offers suggestions on newer software tools that let builders rely on off-the-shelf software to do their HMI customization. Contributing Editor Loren Shaum reports.
In this installment of The Answer, a reader learns how to overcome noise problems and environmental concerns when using hydraulics as the primary source for its metal-forming machines.
Columnist John Rezabek says if youre planning a new project, youll have some leverage to bundle the advanced diagnostics capabilities with your power conditioner, field termination and/or DCS.
Our editorial staff looks back through previous issues and chronicles everything from salaries and economic factors, to the changing landscape from advances in control, to global market influences.
In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Control Design magazine, we've devoted this month's Feedback section to letters readers sent in response to articles we've published during the past decade.
Globalization started centuries ago, and while the pace of globalization might vary from year to year, no one doubts its continued progress. Senior Tech Editor Dan Hebert, PE, reviews the past 10 years.
If anything can be said about the state of machine control today its that it progresses slowly, but steadily toward a true system that allows users to choose their weapons and sleep at night.
Past surveys recall the major influences that occurred along the way: a tumbling stock market in the late '90s, an economic slowdown after Sept. 11, and the recent resurgence in the global economy.
Network capability over the past 10 years has improved access time to whats happening on the plant floor, moving from manual data collection to what today is called real-time data management.
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Accelerating technical changes, diversifying applications, and shrinking in-house expertise has forced end users to demand greater levels of support from their builders and suppliers. Joined at the hip? Just about.
This Product Exclusive introduces the TwinSAFE bus terminal system, which is just now being introduced in North America, but has been in use for some time in Europe.
This Product Exclusive introduces SQIO, a SynqNet I/O interface board that lets machine builders integrate custom analog and/or digital I/O hardware with motion into a network architecture.
In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, heres some of the most useful observations from contributing authors to Control Designs OEM Insight column over the past 10 years.
New Standards, Lower Costs, Better Software, New Illumination Sources-- All Contribute to The Growth of Machine Vision
John T. Parsons, 93, inventor of Numerical Control (NC), died April 18 in Traverse City, Mich. A long-time fellow of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Parsons originated the concept, now called Computer Numerical Control (CNC), in 1948, and obtained the first patent for an NC system in 1958. NC also paved the way for computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
Highlights from the event, which will be held July 16-20 in San Francisco, will include the SEMI Test Summit and Reception on July 18 in which leaders of the premier semiconductor test companies will debate challenges facing their technology segment.