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Industrial PCs

Courtesy: Emerson
Remote Monitoring March 26, 2020

Take remote monitoring to the edge

Advanced edge controllers enable remote monitoring techniques to supplement standard industrial automation practices

By Kyle Hable
Jan/Feb 2020 Cover
Other Networks February 22, 2020

For MQTT, the time is now

MQTT is an open network protocol that moves messages between devices and machines over TCP/IP

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Industrial PCs January 16, 2020

Machine-learning tool predicts code’s speed on computer chips

MIT researchers have invented a machine-learning tool called Ithemal, which predicts how fast computer chips will execute code from various applications.  

By Rob Matheson
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
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 November 3, 2019

Poised to go all-in on edge

Edge computing is a mesh network of micro-data centers that process or store critical data locally while also working in concert with a central data center or cloud-storage repository.

By Kevin Parker
Courtesy: CFE Media, Stratus Technologies
Other Networks October 3, 2019

Survey respondents show edge computing optimism

End users are optimistic about edge computing’s ability to transform industrial automation processes, according to research by Stratus Technologies and CFE Media.

By CFE Media
Figure 1: Industrial controllers such as this traditional PLC/PAC, are typically installed in control panels local to the equipment or processes they monitor and automate. Courtesy: Opto 22
PLCs, PACs July 30, 2019

Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

By Benson Hougland
Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Machine Safety July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
Analytics together with connectivity allow for smarter IoT-enabled factories and products, which is vital for the fourth Industrial Revolution and for future changes in manufacturing. Courtesy: CFE Media, IoTCo
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 May 8, 2019

IIoT series, Part 1: Five ways to use cloud and IIoT to improve productivity: Your questions answered

Webcast presenters Alan Griffiths and Mohamed (Mo) Abuali, Ph.D. answered additional questions about topics such as augmented reality, 5G technology, and predictive analytics.

By Alan Griffiths, Mohamed (Mo) Abuali
MIT researchers’ modified flash storage drives hold promise to cut in half the energy and physical space required to store and manage user data in power-hungry data centers. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Data Centers April 3, 2019

Researchers develop architecture to reduce data center energy and space constraints

MIT researchers have developer a flash-storage system designed to cut the energy and physical space required to store and manage data in data centers by half.

By Rob Matheson