August 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.
This is a condensed version of reliability consultant Ricky Smiths article posted at ControlDesign.coms sister site PlantServices.com. Written from the end user viewpoint, youll find the full text at PlantServices.com/smith
In this installment of The Answer, a reader learns that to achieve accurate positioning using steppers in machine centers they now need to operate more slowly, but are there advantages in changing to AC servos?
Mature Systems, Intense Competition, and Rapid Technology Development Give Users More Choices for Data Acquisition
Real Time Operating Systems Require Machine Builders and Integrators to Make Choices Regarding Their Use
According to our annual survey, money isn't everything. Keeping up with the latest technological innovations can be what financially separates machine control professionals in mid-career.
With Intelligent Devices and Lower-Level Networks, Machine Builders Can Build and Commission Faster, and Provide More Reliable Performance
Global Markets Demand Tailored Automation Systems. How Much Customization Is Enough? If left to their own devices, automation professionals at machine builder companies would use one automation system worldwide.
What sorts of machine builder apps are best suited to FPGAs? Machine builders often need to add custom, high-performance functionality to their automation systems and to gain high-speed functionality, this customization must be implemented in hardware rather than software.
The Internet has become so pervasive by now that all troubleshooting and technical support should happen there, right? Do all machine builders need the same level of service? Perhaps not, but could this be considered a competitive advantage?
AutomationXchange gives machine builders a chance to share best practices with one another, our latest discussion was centered around human-machine interface (HMI) software. read more on the subject here.
Flexible conveyors, framing, robots, PLCs, networking teach students latest small-batch applications
DVI announced the endorsement of the OMAC Guidelines by the DVI Automation Circle. This increases recognition of the OMAC Guidelines with European end-users and OEMs.
Servo-system revenues in the Chinese market increased by 26.8%.
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