June 2014 Issue

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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.



  • Machine Tools and Plastics Numbers up in Q1

    The gain in the data on plastics machinery shipments corresponds with the gains in the two major data series compiled by the U.S. government that measure activity levels in the industrial machinery sector. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, business investment in industrial equipment rose by 5% (seasonally-adjusted, annualized rate) in Q1 when compared with Q1 of 2013.

  • Multi-Axis Controller Powers Clock

    Here is how it works: the controller connects to a remote Apple Mac via Ethernet. The Mac runs a JavaScript-based program that calculates times for sunrise and sunset and sends a pulse to the controller to trigger the appropriate figure’s movement. At noon and midnight, the program sends signals based on actual clock time.

  • Automated Systems Can Stop Accidents in Nuclear Plants

    Lipták stressed that Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima were caused by design flaws, such as having only single containment at Chernobyl, and bad operator actions, such as putting water into the instrument air system at Three Mile Island. Likewise, backup cooling and safety devices are often turned off, and manual systems don't have alerts and alarms.

  • Mergers, Alliances and Acquisitions With Automation Companies

    GE entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Wurldtech, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based provider of cybersecurity solutions. Wurldtech solutions and services are used in oil refineries, power transmission grids or for individual assets such as medical devices or smart meters.