Plant Automation

Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Robotics February 14, 2020

North American robot orders up in 2019

Robot sales increased compared to 2018 thanks to increases in orders from automotive OEMs and the plastics and rubber industry.

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)
Image courtesy: Southland Industries
Building Types February 7, 2020

Improving facility design and management with digital twins

Digital twin technology can provide facility managers with accurate and relevant infrastructure information to improve operational decisions.

By Judd Fuoto
Figure 3: Realizing the benefit of providing an easy upgrade path, Emerson designed the latest RX3i platform to have the same footprint as existing 90-30 systems and accept both legacy and new I/O modules. Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs January 7, 2020

Modern controllers ease upgrades

Legacy industrial automation systems must eventually be ripped and replaced or upgraded. See four challenges and five benefits of upgrades using modern controllers.

By Vibhoosh Gupta
Even a basic cable type, such as flexible portable cords, come with numerous jacket type rating, conductor count, and conductor gauge options. AutomationDirect is offering $0.00 cut charges, same-day shipping, and free shipping on orders over a small minimum to encourage cut-to-length cable adoption. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
Electrical February 3, 2020

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles January 27 to February 2

Articles about cut-to-length cable, control panel safety, system integrator relationships, safety procedures, and service robots were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from January 27 to February 2. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
HMI, OI February 16, 2020

Configuring HMIs and hiring SIs

Have a plan when it comes to configuration your human-machine interface (HMI) and hiring the next generation of engineering talent.

By Jack Smith
Researchers at Purdue University have created a technology to address the thickness issue for wearable power generation. Courtesy: Purdue University
Power February 5, 2020

Wearable power generator for IoT devices developed

Researchers at Purdue University have created technology designed to address the thickness issue for wearable power generation for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

By Chris Adam
Courtesy: CFE Media
Sensors, Vision January 5, 2020

Embedded 3-D machine vision enhances automotive production

3-D machine vision can be used for a wide range of automotive manufacturing applications where fast and accurate object detection is needed.