PLCs, PACs
Programming logic controller (PLC) panels come in almost every shape and size with some of them being freestanding and others being wall-mounted and choosing the right solution for a particular application can be difficult. Courtesy of: L&S Electric
PLCs, PACs November 18, 2016

Choosing the right PLC panel

Programmable logic controller (PLC) panels come in almost every shape and size with some of them being freestanding and others being wall-mounted and choosing the right solution for a particular application can be difficult.

By David Manney, L&S Electric
PLCs, PACs November 10, 2016

2016 Product of the Year Finalists

View the 114 Finalists across 15 categories; cast your vote for the 2016 Product of the Year

By Plant Engineering
A moment of pause for a selfie at IMTS during a week of 69,648 steps at North America’s largest industrial trade show. Send your IMTS selfies to bvavra@cfemedia.com. Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
PLCs, PACs October 14, 2016

The human-human interface

While machines generated a great deal of attention at IMTS, the human element remains a key component of manufacturing.

By Bob Vavra
The Industrial Automation North America pavilion at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago will feature exhibitors and speakers focused on the Industrial Internet of Things. Image Courtesy: IMTS
PLCs, PACs September 2, 2016

IMTS returns to Chicago for 2016

Largest North American manufacturing show features 2,000 exhibitors.

By CFE Media
The BitBox is controlled solely by a BitFlow frame grabber, using the same API, driver and manual. Courtesy: BitFlow
PLCs, PACs June 20, 2016

Machine vision devices in high I/O applications

The BitBox is controlled solely by a BitFlow frame grabber, using the same API, driver and manual.

By BitFlow
Courtesy: CFE Media
PLCs, PACs June 9, 2016

Smart manufacturing: What if they threw a revolution and nobody came?

Let’s face it: The majority of manufacturing organizations just isn’t realizing the promises of “smart manufacturing.” We aren’t seeing the improved productivity, optimized production, higher levels of safety, enhanced security, accelerated decision-making, reduced regulatory effort or faster market response times that current technology enables.

By Patrick Weber
The Institute for Supply Management's (ISM) monthly Purchasing Manufacturers' Index (PMI) continued its growth trend for the third straight month in May. Image courtesy: CFE Media
PLCs, PACs June 1, 2016

PMI shows growth for third straight month

Manufacturing index climbs 0.5 percentage points to 51.3% to continue positive streak.

By Bob Vavra, content manager, CFE Media
The DRSL-U isolated universal input DIN rail signal conditioner provides technology for galvanic isolation of process signals to SCADA systems or PLC equipment. Courtesy: Omega
PLCs, PACs May 17, 2016

Input DIN rail signal conditioner

The DRSL-U isolated universal input DIN rail signal conditioner provides technology for galvanic isolation of process signals to SCADA systems or PLC equipment.

By Omega
Kevin Price (left) and Mike Stone (right) for Infor accept the 2015 Product of the Year Grand Award for Infor's CloudSuite Facilities Management software. Courtesy: CFE Media
PLCs, PACs April 4, 2016

Honoring manufacturing’s future

Infor receives Product of the Year Grand Award, Phoenix Contact accepts Top Plant, Leaders Under 40 honored.

By Bob Vavra
The Sentry is a universal voltage trip amplifier for industrial monitoring and alarm applications. Courtesy: Define Instruments
PLCs, PACs March 31, 2016

Trip amplifier

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

By Define Instruments