Resource Library

White Paper Library houses a large directory of free, technical content. You will find hundreds of white papers on topics such as motion control, human-machine interface, mobile access, I/O and more. Browse the library.

Control Design Real Answers ebooks

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How to size a motor

How can you be sure you're sizing the right type of motor correctly? What are the calculations to use to determine which motor to use? Get help with our expanded report full of advice straight from your peers in the machine automation industry. Read it here. 

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How to tune PID loops

Do you have difficulty tuning PID loops, especially for temperature control applications and servo-motor motion applications? Get help with our expanded report full of advice straight from your peers in the machine automation industry. Read it here.

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How to troubleshoot & calibrate 4-20 mA

What are some best practices for troubleshooting the analog circuits to the PLC? How do you calibrate the instruments? Should you add programming to the PLC and HMI to simplify these functions? Read it here.

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How to decide between PNP and NPN

What signal level sensors and I/O modules should you standardize on—NPN or PNP? What should you standardize on in your U.S. plant? Why do the signal levels seem to be different on equipment from Asia? Do you know the correct terminology? Are there other signal voltage levels to document that would have NPN vs. PNP or other signal issues? Read it here.

When to upgrade from indicator lights to an HMI display

When to upgrade from indicator lights to an HMI display

How to weigh the cost of adding a screen to the machine and why? Should hardware cost be the largest concern or should integration labor, user experience and functionality take precedence? What are the pros and cons of adding an HMI to a machine that doesn’t currently have one, whether on a new design, existing design or retrofitted? Read it here.

How to select pneumatic valves and actuators

How to select pneumatic valves and actuators

PLC-controlled pick-and-place machine can’t damage fragile parts in the event of an air dump. What type of pneumatic valves should you use? Single solenoid or double solenoid? Two-position or three-position? Center exhaust or center pressure? What's best for each actuator? Will dumping air under an emergency cause the mechanism to lower and damage the fragile part? Read it here.


Automation Essentials Ebook Series

Essentials ThumbWritten by the editors of Control Design, our Automation Essentials series provides up-to-date, top-level information on a range of key machine automation topics. Browse the Essentials Series white papers.


Technology Reports

Our State of Technology Report series brings together all of the latest and best Control Design articles on a particular machine automation topic in a unique, downloadable report. Each report covers the latest trends, articles, back to basics tutorials, application stories and product solutions. Browse the Technology Reports.

On-Demand Fundamentals Webinars

The Fundamentals Lecture Series is a library on-demand presentations on a broad range of topics related to machine automation. Slides plus audio voice-over, along with downloadable support documents, provide an engaging platform for knowledge acquisition. Browse the library.



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Technology, trends and applications in collaborative robotics

Get up to speed on the technology and trends that are creating opportunities for machine builders to incorporate collaborative robots in their designs. Read it here. 

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The machine builder's guide to remote monitoring 

Learn how remote monitoring is creating growth opportunities for OEMs of all sizes. The report features an up-to-date overview of remote trends available only in this report, plus a compilation of the best articles on the topic from Control Design. Read it here. 

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Guide to PC-based control

This ebook by the Control Design editors is a guide to PC-based control for OEMs and covers industrial Ethernet, controller programming needs, multi-core technology and more. Read it here. 

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Decision support with HMI/SCADA

This report, curated by the editors of Control magazine, provides a concise single-volume overview of the trends and technology that are enabling decision support with HMI/SCADA. Read it here. 

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Advantages of simplified programming

This special report covers the tools and techniques that are empowering machine builders to create machines that simplify complexity and leverage connectivity to create true value for their customers. Read it here. 

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Report: Cybersecurity in operational technology

Download this Special Report to get a collection of the best articles, insights and solutions on OT Cybersecurity from the pages of Control and Control Design magazines. Read it here. 

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Trends of the modern PLC

Futurists constantly predict the demise of the PLC, and yet its use is as prevalent as ever. In this special report, we explore various case studies, editorials and more to discover why some are calling the PLC the king of controllers. Read it here.