October 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.



  • Popularity Contest

    Get the most popular articles on ControlDesign.com for the month of September.

  • Are They Real?

    Are knock-off automation components from China becoming a major point of concern?

  • 10 Years of Remote Support

    Remote support and monitoring is the one area of machine control that has benefited the most from the Internet over the past decade.

  • Bit-Banger Does Process at AX

    Refineries can blow up, but with the square footage and sheer magnitude of the systems, the process control engineers have to get it right.

  • Time to Move

    Supporters are pushing a variety of Ethernet-based fieldbuses for motion control, but users just want to build machines. Here’s how to find and implement the most appropriate digital network for your specific application.

  • A Look at IEC 61499

    The Standard Claims Benefits in Distributed, Event-Driven, Hardware-Independent Programming. Should We Be Paying Attention?

  • Putting Linear in Motion

    The Technology Is Sound. The Application Often Is Ideal. Why Don’t We See Linear Motors Everywhere?

  • Color Sensor Selection

    Sensors Vary in Range of Capability From Looking for a Specific Color at a Specific Location to Looking for Multiple Colors Anywhere in a Field of View

  • Should We Make a Smart Upgrade?

    What are the challenges and benefits of upgrading plastics processing machines instruments from 4-20 mA to smart instruments with digital communications?

  • More Channels in a Smaller Space

    It’s all about the space. Machine builders continuously search for ways to create a feasible footprint without losing functionality or compromising quality. They need options.

  • E-CAD/CAE II: State of the Art

    A key feature of third-generation CAE systems is the support of variant design and an efficient reusability of design projects to create product families.