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Industrial PCs September 10, 2022

How to optimize your control cabinet construction

Partial automation reduces costs, helps ensure flexibility and can save time for workers in the long run.

By Weidmüller
Industrial PCs August 12, 2022

Digital data consistency accelerates control cabinet construction

Digital data consistency is beneficial for consistent processes in control cabinet construction.

By Weidmüller
Industrial PCs December 15, 2021

Launching rockets securely by converging IT, OT and high-speed DAQ

Converging information technology (IT), operational technology (OT) and high-speed data acquisition (DAQ) helps make an aerospace solid booster test bench safe from cyberattack.

By Grant M. Smith
Industrial PCs October 25, 2021

Quantum computing, AI prompts a smarter power grid

Cornell University researchers are using quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to make a smarter power grid to reduce blackouts and other issues.

By Blaine Friedlander
Industrial PCs August 30, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Aug 23-29, 2021

Articles about productivity increasing with cloud-connected IPC, PLCs improving predictive maintenance, jumpstarting a successful IIoT program, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug 23-29, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Industrial PCs August 16, 2021

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles Aug 9-15, 2021

Articles about PLCs improve predictive maintenance, productivity increasing with cloud connected IPC, the role o system integrator in the digital transformation, and more were Plant Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Aug 9-15, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Industrial PCs August 11, 2021

Productivity increases with cloud-connected IPC

Glidewell Dental used flexible, scalable automation, EtherCAT, and IIoT solutions to modernize prosthetic tooth factory

By James Figy
Industrial PCs April 1, 2021

How to accelerate data visualization

As the volume of industrial data grows exponentially, human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are providing improved data visualization and storytelling tools to support intelligent automation and strategic decision making

By Leandro Coeli
Industrial PCs March 18, 2021

Operational technology: Data acquisition, data architectures, data analytics

Using Big Data for operational technology (OT) automation and control applications is increasingly important and can be a bewildering journey if the right questions aren’t asked. See four elements of data analytics system architecture.

By Nate Kay, P.E.
Industrial PCs November 30, 2020

How to use the true value of data

Manufacturers could save $100 billion through data sharing

By Claudia Jarrett
Industrial PCs November 28, 2020

How a system integrator developed a data acquisition application

System integrator DMC developed a custom LabVIEW data acquisition application to leverage SystemLink as a central database for storing and serving up data for data analysis and visualization

By Ryan Yu
Industrial PCs September 14, 2020

PC control redefines intralogistics distribution center efficiency

How to move 67,000 garment shuttles, boost efficiency and communicate through EtherCAT

By James Figy
Industrial PCs July 29, 2020

How to put digitalization to work

Digitalization applies software solutions that use data to improve or transform business processes; digital transformation can include many digitalization projects

By Michael McEnery
Industrial PCs July 28, 2020

How to enhance data acquisition best practices

As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, data acquisition models need to change, as well.

By Brian E. Bolton
Industrial PCs July 7, 2020

Better data management for manufacturers during COVID-19

Will COVID-19 compel manufacturing companies to streamline connected data management more than previously?

By Sanjay Barnwal
Industrial PCs June 8, 2020

Rapid testing production lines adapt to combat COVID-19 using PC control

Ginolis Ltd. in Qulunsalo, Finland, has converted existing rapid testing equipment lines to produce COVID-19 testing kits using automation technology and PC control.

By Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs May 13, 2020

Graphene twists could help engineer quantum computing devices

Results from MIT research could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

By Jennifer Chu
Industrial PCs March 27, 2020

Data visualization applications and trends

There are as many ways organizations can create, store, move and retrieve data as there are ways to see, perceive and interpret it

By Melissa Topp
Industrial PCs February 18, 2020

What kind of redundancy: Mirrored server or edge devices?

This advice will help with the decision between an industrial mirrored server or twin edge devices when designing a new computing system or control system architecture. Short video gives three edge computing tips.

By Mark T. Hoske
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
Industrial PCs November 26, 2019

Eight data acquisition best practices

To discover which real-time data adds value to improve operational efficiencies and increase competitive edge in the marketplace, first understand data acquisition systems and consider the eight essential best practices for data acquisition success

By Brian E. Bolton
Industrial PCs May 7, 2019

Apple, SAP to expand enterprise partnership

CEOs Tim Cook, Bill McDermott discuss move to Mac functionality, data security.

By Bob Vavra
Industrial PCs March 6, 2019

AI isn’t all magic

Software uses real-time data to draw real-world conclusions.

By Kevin McClusky
Industrial PCs February 5, 2019

‘Data is the currency of the future’

Embrace digital manufacturing and use data to provide customer value.

By Bob Vavra
Industrial PCs February 1, 2019

JAVI panel PC series by American Portwell Technology

The JAVI series is a fanless and robust Panel PC with I/O flexibility.

By American Portwell Technology
Industrial PCs February 1, 2019

APAX-5580 industrial PC by Advantech

The APAX-5580 has comprehensive I/O modules, communication ports and control software.

By Advantech
Industrial PCs February 1, 2019

C6017 industrial PC by Beckhoff Automation

The C6017 is ideal for automation, visualization and communication tasks up to the middle performance ranges.

By Beckhoff Automation
Industrial PCs February 1, 2019

INOX-F15C-ULT3 industrial panel PC by ICP Deutschland GmbH

The INOX-F15C-ULT3 industrial panel PC comes with resistive or capacitive touch available.

By ICP Deutschland GmbH
Industrial PCs November 2, 2018

Wireless and web-enabled products monitor plants

From industry-hardened computers to wireless and web-enabled products, plant engineers can access more data, stay in touch with plant processes, and respond to emergencies quicker because of advancements in technology and innovative information engineering. PLANT ENGINEERING magazine continues to report on products and trends that affect the plant.

By Staff
Industrial PCs June 28, 2018

Exploring the state of the industrial sector

The industrial sector is set to recover in in the second half of 2018 and continue to have a strong global performance although uncertainties remain.

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Industrial PCs April 27, 2018

Natural language AI helps enable data protection

Artificial Solutions has announced enhancements to its enterprise natural language interaction (NLI) platform, Teneo, which have been developed with the EU's incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in mind.

By Malek Murison, Vinelake
Industrial PCs November 17, 2017

Plant Engineering at 70

Taking a look back at the last 70 years of Plant Engineering. In retrospect, it is easy to see that even as technology changes, the same challenges remain.

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, Plant Engineering
Industrial PCs November 9, 2017

2017 Product of the Year Finalists: Vote now!

The official ballot is open for voting for Plant Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Cast your vote using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 12, 2018.)

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, and Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager
Industrial PCs December 6, 2016

Scalable multi-core platform

The i.MX 6 COMBO Series is a scalable multi-core platform that is designed for applications which require high performance in low power or a thermally constrained environment.

By Portwell
Industrial PCs March 31, 2016

Trip amplifier

The Sentry is a universal voltage trip amplifier for industrial monitoring and alarm applications.

By Define Instruments
Industrial PCs August 27, 2015

Compact PC controller for remote and industrial applications

The Amplicon Impact-D 100 compact PC controller for industrial applications that require high reliability and have limited space.

By Saelig Company, Inc.
Industrial PCs September 15, 2014

2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Aron Semle

Product Manager, KEPServerEX; Kepware Technologies; Portland, Maine

By CFE Media
Industrial PCs May 9, 2014

Thermal controller with user-friendly PC software

Oven Industries’ Model 5R7-350/347 thermal controller is designed to operate with thermoelectric (Peltier effect) modules.

Industrial PCs April 21, 2014

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, April 13-19

Were you out last week? Miss something? Here are Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, April 13-19, including articles about the Zebra Technologies aquisition, natural gas for motor vehicles, Microsoft Windows XP support, electric motor power measurement, and artifical intelligence devices.

By Jessica DuBois-Maahs, CFE Media
Industrial PCs March 5, 2014

Take command of your operations center

In a modern iOps center, pick your graphics and displays for optimum success

By Jeff Dymond and Brian Atkinson
Industrial PCs December 4, 2013

Automation PC

The Automation PC 910 allows installation of up to five PCI or PCI Express cards and can be programmed to meet specific automation solutions

Industrial PCs June 6, 2013

Lenovo locates new PC manufacturing plant in North Carolina

Chinese company moves production back to get closer to U.S. market

By Bob Vavra, Content Manager, CFE Media
Industrial PCs June 5, 2013

Take a hub approach to asset management

Data should be available to all users at all times throughout the lifecycle

By Amish Sabharwal, AVEVA
Industrial PCs January 11, 2013

Asia’s rapid growth offers opportunities for drives, PLCs and industrial PCs

ARC report focuses on acceleration of consumer needs balanced with efficiency, environmental issues

Industrial PCs November 21, 2011

What’s in store for the operator terminal and IPC markets?

The sentiment among suppliers is that 2012 will be a strong year because of advance orders and strong overall sales in 2011.

By Mark Watson, Research Manager, IMS Research
Industrial PCs November 1, 2011

2011 POY Finalists: Automation and Control

Finalists in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Industrial PCs November 1, 2011

POY Finalist: Industrial PC

Finalist in Automation and Control in Plant Engineering’s 2011 Product of the Year competition

By Edited by Chris Vavra, Plant Engineering
Industrial PCs June 1, 2009

PC-based HMIs

IndraControl VSP and VPP series of PC-Based HMIs have a ruggedized frame, IP65 protection class rating and components engineered to withstand harsh factory conditions, these industrial PC-based HMIs have a compact design that is nearly 1.5 inches thinner than previous models, making them easier to fit into a machine.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs May 1, 2009

Why HMIs are everywhere

The near ubiquitous spread of HMIs throughout industry is due to the fact that they help companies make better business decisions by delivering, managing, and presenting information—in real time—in a visually compelling and actionable format. Incorporating HMIs into applications has been proven to increase productivity, lower costs, improve quality, and reduce material waste.

By Jeanine Katzel
Industrial PCs April 22, 2009

Hannover Fair: Daily innovation focus

This report focuses on wireless intelligent sensors, IP67 gigabit Ethernet switches, and a robotic controller.

By David Greenfield, Editorial Director, Control Engineering, and Bob Vavra, Editor, Plant Engineering
Industrial PCs November 1, 2008

Industrial PC series

The APL3000 series of high performance industrial PCs features a 2-GHz Intel Core Duo CPU and expanded memory up to 4 GB. A built-in factory alert system monitors PC health and generates instant notifications about excessive heat exposure, impending hard drive or fan failure, CPU or power troubles. Advanced data protection uses hot swappable hard drives and redundancy to protect critical plant ...

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs August 12, 2008

Industrial panel PC

This industrial panel PC has seven expansion slots and a choice of three different processors.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs November 2, 2007

Compressor management system

The Sigma Air Manager system is designed to monitor, sequence and analyze compressed air system performance.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs June 15, 2007

Monitoring, control software

CIMPLICITY 7.0 has been designed to handle complex, multi-user applications on multitasking operating systems. It provides tighter integration with the Proficy software family of products and features added CNC connectivity. Developer and operator productivity enhancements include improved OPC connectivity and configuration, enhanced security with password rules and added flexibility through right-mouse-button menu actions.

By Staff
Industrial PCs January 5, 2007

USB drive combination

The APC620 and panel PC industrial PCs come standard with USB interfaces.To make data exchange more simple and convenient, a robust drive combination with optional IP65 protection and a DVD burner for industrial applications is also available. The USB drive combination includes a DVD-RW drive that can read and write most standard DVD formats. Additionally, a floppy-disk drive, a CompactFlash slot and a front-side USB 2.0 interface are all integrated, which can be used to connect USB flash drives or similar devices.All drives and the USB interface are accessible from the front of the PC. B&R Industrial Automation Corp.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs January 1, 2007

Universal output card

The PCI-1727U analog output PCI card features 12 analog output channels with a DB-37 connector. The card is capable of outputting +/-10V and 0–20-mA current loops with 14-bit resolution. It is equipped with 16 TTL digital input and 16 TTL digital output channels that are suitable for industrial control applications and a universal PCI bus that’s compatible with both 3.

By Staff
Industrial PCs October 24, 2006

Wireless LAN solution

Scalance W is a family of wireless products providing access points, client modules and management tools, all with enterprise-ready security features. The Scalance W family is designed for industrial use on the factory floor, where configurations demand flexibility in deployment. Access points are self-enclosed devices that provide deployment flexibility and are suitable for both indoor and outdoor enterprise configurations.

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs May 1, 2006

Modular controls improve performance, lower costs for injection molding machine

Taylor's Industrial Services, HPM-Sandretto Division, of Mt. Gilead, OH has historically been one of the largest injection molding machine suppliers in the US. Its older machinery lines needed improved capabilities to compete more aggressively in today's marketplace. The company decided it needed to inject new control technology into its product line.

By Bill Savela, Delta Computer Systems, Inc. and Calvin Williams, Siemens Energy and Automation, Inc.
Industrial PCs November 1, 2005

Rugged industrial PC has dust-proof case

BoxPC-128M is a compact, industrial wall-mount computer in a dust-proof case. Features include Pentium-M processor, fanless operation, low operating voltage, low power consumption, flexible I/O configuration, extreme reliability and ruggedness, and choice of drives. Also included is an onboard Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, two serial ports, six USB 2.

By Staff
Industrial PCs October 7, 2004

Using PCs for machine condition monitoring: Part 4

Software considerations

By Plant Engineering Staff
Industrial PCs November 1, 2003

Control Equipment – 2003-11-01

Switch attaches magnetically MS1 zero-speed switch was developed for machinery that has a rotating shaft. The switch consists of a cup magnet, housing, nylon bearings, and a proximity switch. The unit detects speed by counting pulses created by its rotor and proximity switch.

By Staff
Industrial PCs November 15, 2002

Compressed Air – 2002-11-15

Click above to view 2002 Product of the Year finalists in this category.

By Staff
Industrial PCs February 1, 2001

Plant Engineering Software – 2001-02-01

HMI/SCADA employs ActiveX Lookout 4.

By Staff
Industrial PCs October 1, 2000

Plant Engineering Software – 2000-10-01

Portal features a configurable framework SuiteVoyager creates a preconfigured default factory portal that can be applied in either user or configuration modes.

By Staff
Industrial PCs August 1, 1999

Guide to embedded computers

Embedded PCs & PC/104 Modules Databook is a 192-p publication that supplies detailed technical information on embedded computers.

By Staff
Industrial PCs July 1, 1999

Industrial PCs

A new edition of a PC systems handbook combines the best features of a buyer's guide, how-to handbook, and special interest catalog.

By Staff
Industrial PCs December 1, 1998

I/O boards for PCI-bus offer single control

KPCI-PIO24 and KPCI-PIO96 digital I/O boards for 32-bit PCI-bus equipped PCs provide 24 and 96 bi-directional TTL-level, parallel, digital I/O lines that can be controlled or monitored from a single PC expansion slot. Keithly Instruments, Inc. www.

By Staff
Industrial PCs May 1, 1998

Operator interface system mounts anywhere

PT-4000 is an industrial PC, touchscreen monitor, and enclosure in one unit. Rated ABS housing means no additional enclosure is required. The unit can be mounted anywhere. Digital Systems Engineering www.digitalsys.com

By Staff