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.



  • Control platform aids injection, extrusion

    June’s 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.

  • The eye of the machine

    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.

  • Out of the pantry

    It might seem wise to buy the cheapest packaging machine available, but you don’t have to be an expert in the nuances of machine automation to know it can make the difference in purchasing decisions.

  • The Sustainable Machine

    How Machine Builders and System Integrators Are Keep Them Running Economically, and Help the Users Migrate to New Technology

  • Firewall fireworks

    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.

  • Customize your software?

    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.

  • I need clean, quiet hydraulics

    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.

  • Physical diagnostics - Part II

    Columnist John Rezabek says if you’re planning a new project, you’ll have some leverage to bundle the advanced diagnostics capabilities with your power conditioner, field termination and/or DCS.

  • Happy Birthday to us

    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.

  • Globalization drives consolidation

    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.

  • Control systems evolve slowly, steadily

    If anything can be said about the state of machine control today it’s that it progresses slowly, but steadily toward a true system that allows users to choose their weapons and sleep at night.

  • Salaries and states of mind

    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.

  • Throw away the clipboard. Networks rule

    Network capability over the past 10 years has improved access time to what’s happening on the plant floor, moving from manual data collection to what today is called real-time data management.

  • After-sales support moves into mainstream

    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.

  • Economical digital safety

    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.

  • Connectivity for custom I/O

    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.

  • Insight from issues past

    In celebration of our 10-year anniversary, here’s some of the most useful observations from contributing authors to Control Design’s OEM Insight column over the past 10 years.


  • Numerical control inventor dies

    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).

  • Semicon West gearing up for July

    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.