2010

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  • Market Intelligence Report: Machine Safety Part 1

    Machine safety doesn't cost; it pays. This is because many machine safety tools are getting easier to use, risk assessments are simpler to do, and safety standards are harmonizing. Machine safety is evolving from an obstacle to an opportunity, yet many industry professionals continue to see machine safety as a costly add-on to production. Executive Editor Jim Montague speaks with Fred Hayes, director of technical services at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, about the latest trends in machine safety methods and equipment now being used in industrial machines and applications. Watch this report to learn more.

    Control Design
    09/27/2010
  • Market Intelligence Report Programmable Controller Platform

    Control Design surveyed its audience to understand the programmable controller landscape, including who's using PLCs, PACs or PCs for control and whether they're using integrated platforms that include control, motion, HMI and I/O. T. J. McDermott, senior project engineer of Formost Fuji (www.formostfuji.com) in Woodinville, Washington, interprets the survey results from a machine-builder perspective when he speaks with Control Design's Executive Editor Jim Montague.

    Control Design
    06/14/2010
  • Focus On: Reducing Time to Market

    In this video report, Control Design's managing editor Mike Bacidore and executive editor Jim Montague take a look at the potential pitfalls different machine builder companies face today when reducing time to market. Montague discusses with Tom Kleeman, CEO for Spartanics, what they are doing to avoid these pitfalls. Watch this report and learn more.

    National Instruments
    05/17/2010
  • Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 3

    Control Design's Managing Editor Mike Bacidore and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, evaluate the results of Control Design's latest survey on motion control. The survey asked its participants about incremental vs. absolute encoder options, motion simulation software and the biggest motion-control challenges faced by respondents. Answers also are compared to data retrieved in the 2009 poll on motion control. Watch this video report to learn about the results of this survey.

    03/22/2010
  • Focus On: Green Manufacturing & Sustainability

    Our April 2010 cover story examines how machine builders are becoming more energy-efficient and saving on raw materials in an effort to achieve sustainable manufacturing. The Control Design editorial staff interviews Greg Hyatt, vice president of engineering at the North American headquarters and technical center of Japanese machine tool company, Mori Seiki, to illustrate how one company has met the challenges of going green.

    National Instruments
    03/08/2010
  • Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 2

    To learn which types of motors engineers, machine builders and system integrators are using and whether they're already integrated with drives, Control Design polled its readers. We also gathered and analyzed answers about synchronization and linear motion applications, weighing the results against how our participants responded in 2009. Control Design's Digital Managing Editor Katherine Bonfante and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, discuss what the results mean.

    02/22/2010
  • Market Intelligence Report: Motion Control Part 1

    Control Design surveyed its audience to get a snapshot of which motion controller they're using, the update rates they require and their protocol of choice for moving the information. Results were compared to 2009 findings, and James Ingraham, software development team leader at Sage Automation, builder of robot systems in Beaumont, Texas, spoke with Control Design's executive editor Jim Montague to analyze the survey responses.

    ControlDesign.com
    02/15/2010
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