Top Control Engineering articles, May 2011

Most visited articles at during May 2011 included interactive plant performance video, PC versus PLC: Comparing control options, advanced motor design, power plant control system software, industrial wireless coverage, industrial robot control, and award-winning products, among other articles.


Interactive simulation software of the future - ABBMost visited articles at during May 2011 included interactive plant performance video, PC versus PLC: Comparing control options, advanced motor design, power plant control system software, industrial wireless coverage, industrial robot control, and award-winning products, among other articles.

May 2011’s leading Control Engineering online stories included:

2011 Engineers’ Choice Awards - Spotlight on Innovation - Cover story: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 30 categories.

Video: Making your plant performance reporting more interactive - What will tomorrow’s “morning meeting” look like? ABB gives a preview of what’s going on in the lab and what your future HMI may look like.PC vs. PLC

Inside Machines: PC versus PLC: Comparing control options – To choose between a PLC or PC, analyze and compare characteristics that could differentiate the two technologies, such as operation, robustness, serviceability, hardware integration, security, safety, programming, and cost. Graphics illustrate some key considerations.

Advanced motor design: New Motors Reach New Applications - Permanent magnets, axial, transverse, and radial flux designs optimize torque, power, efficiency, size, weight, and other motor performance parameters, as explained in this February Control Engineering feature article. Reader feedback added below on Feb. 16.ThinGap  laminated copper dc brushless motors has a design without magnet wire windings; cooling and continuous torque increase with rpm.

Global Update: Power plant control system software - Performance calculation software packages are new in the power generation business and help with power generation control, electricity grid control, and monitoring via SCADA system.

Control Engineering industrial wireless coverage – Wireless resources: More than four years of wireless industrial technology, tutorials, and case history articles from Control Engineering are gathered in one place for easy reference. Bookmark this page! Updated May 27, 2011, with more articles.

Picture 11: Robot application (automotive industry); image courtesy of KukaApplication Update: Industrial Robot Control – Integrated safety controls are part of Fujitsu motherboards and software for the Kuka KR C4 robot control, based on Microsoft Windows and Ethernet, reducing the robot’s hardware by 35% and plugs and cables by half, and saving energy.

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