PLCs, PACs

Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing September 23, 2021

Model advances incorporating 3D printing into supply chains

Researchers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and North Carolina State University developed a model to help determine how to incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) technologies into spare part supply chains.

By Matt Shipman
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Discrete Manufacturing September 15, 2021

3D-printed objects that sense user interactivity

MIT researchers are integrating sensing capabilities into 3D printable structures comprised of repetitive cells, which enables designers to rapidly prototype interactive input devices. See video.

By Adam Zewe
Courtesy: Cummins
Discrete Manufacturing July 9, 2021

Cummins integrates metal 3D printed production

More additive manufacturing is expected, lower costs, higher speeds with 20 part numbers available. Depending on the complexity of the part, the technology can print 60 to 100 times faster than other laser-based printing processes, allowing high-volume production.

By Mark T. Hoske
Image courtesy: Brett Sayles
Discrete Manufacturing June 20, 2021

Smart manufacturing model production lifecycle benefits

MESA International is developing a smart manufacturing model that will provide specific recommendations on how people can be smart in their manufacturing endeavors.

By John Clemons
Courtesy: Northwestern University
Discrete Manufacturing May 7, 2021

Direct laser writing method leads to advanced printing

Northwestern Engineering researchers have developed a lens produced by electromagnetic methods that allows researchers to print structures on challenging surfaces.

By Brian Sandalow
Courtesy: Control Engineering, Aerotech
PID, APC April 23, 2021

How to tune servo systems: Force control, Part 4: Questions and answers

Inside Machines: More answers regarding servo system tuning follow the April 15 webcast on force control as it relates to tuning servo systems.

By Joseph Profeta
Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Discrete Manufacturing March 22, 2021

The time is now to move to smarter manufacturing

Many chip manufacturers lack an overall digital transformation strategy and cannot make the move to smart manufacturing.

By Ricco Walter
Courtesy: Tesco Controls
PLCs, PACs December 12, 2020

Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code

By Raju Nair
Three measures for a cybersecurity plan and three barriers for cybersecurity implementation are shown Courtesy: L&T Technology Services (LTTS)
I/O Systems, I/O Modules November 1, 2020

Six ways to improve cybersecurity: Barriers vs. resiliency

Overcome three OT/IT cybersecurity barriers and move towards cyber-resiliency in three cybersecurity steps.

By Amir Sobol and Yaron Pass
Penn State University researchers demonstrate the technology used to analyze wave propagation data. Courtesy: Andrea Arguelles, Penn State University
Discrete Manufacturing October 6, 2020

Grant awarded to investigate additive manufacturing quality control

Engineers are investigating comprehensive quality control methods for additive manufacturing (AM) of metals using nondestructive evaluation (NDE).

By Gabrielle Stewart