System Integration

The Hot Stove panel at the 2019 CSIA Executive Conference included (left to right) Mark Voigtmann, partner, Faegre Baker Daniels; Nigel James, president, Burrow Global Services; Adrian Fahey, CEO, Sage Automation; and Ray Bachelor, chair, Bachelor Controls. Those involved share experiences no one should repeat, like sitting on a hot stove. Courtesy: Control System Integrators Association
System Integration September 17, 2019

Improvement by association: engineers collaborate on best practices

At the core of Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) are people willing to share experiences and best practices to help each other succeed with business skills and technologies for control system integration.

By Lisa Richter
Control system trends drive the future of automation by easier integration, connectivity, and advanced intelligences. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
System Integration September 13, 2019

Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
An electrocatalysis reactor built at Rice University recycles carbon dioxide to produce pure liquid fuel solutions using electricity. The scientists behind the invention hope it will become an efficient and profitable way to reuse the greenhouse gas and keep it out of the atmosphere. Courtesy: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University
System Integration September 5, 2019

Greenhouse gases transformed into liquid fuel

Rice University researchers have found a common greenhouse gas could be repurposed in an efficient and environmentally friendly way with an electrolyzer that uses renewable electricity to produce pure liquid fuels.

By Mike Williams
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System Integration August 7, 2019

Next-generation control room technologies

Technology and demographics are changing control room design as companies try to lower risk and create appealing environments visually and operationally for the next generation of operators. See eight tips for control room design.

By Matko Papic
Figure 3: Three eXtended Reality (XR) technologies, such as augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR), and digital twin models can add value to manufacturer applications. Courtesy: Industrial Internet Consortium
System Integration July 10, 2019

Benefits of digitizing reality for workers in manufacturing

Digitizing reality is now possible for workers thanks to technology advances such as the Internet of Things (IoT). This new reality allows workers to benefit from augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve old problems in new and better ways.

By Michael D. Thomas
System Integration June 25, 2019

12 benefits of using standards in design, implementation for iMOM projects

Integrated manufacturing operations management (iMOM) is designed to increase and sustain business benefits for users such as improved accuracy and thorough implementation.

By Stan DeVries
Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E., is senior automation engineer, GlaxoSmithKline, and among winners of Engineering Leaders Under 40 in 2018. Previously she worked at Applied Control Engineering Inc. Courtesy: Devon MacNeill Guglietta
System Integration April 24, 2019

Career advice for engineers: Work with the quirks

Engineers can excel by working with what makes them unique, rather than fighting against personality traits others might consider quirky.

By Devon MacNeill Guglietta, P.E.
Ford Motor Company’s 10-year process to modernize its Livonia, Michigan manufacturing plant began with standardizing its controls system. Courtesy: Ford Motor Company
System Integration April 15, 2019

Taking control of controls

Ford’s 10-year operational evolution started with network standards.

By Bob Vavra
The new method for designing solid-state batteries starts with liquid electrolytes inside the electrochemical cell. Special molecules then initiate polymerization, improving contact between the electrolyte and electrodes. Courtesy: Qing Zhao/Cornell University
System Integration April 3, 2019

Researchers improve solid-state battery design

Cornell University researchers have advanced the design of solid-state batteries by transforming liquid electrolytes into solid polymers inside the electrochemical cell.

By Chris Vavra
This photo shows a wastewater treatment plant and the anaerobic digesters that exist onsite to process the treatment plant’s sludge and turn it into a usable product—biogas—which can be cleaned to become RNG. Courtesy: Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
System Integration March 26, 2019

Integrating renewable natural gas

Renewable natural gas (RNG) can be used in any existing infrastructure or process that currently uses conventional natural gas.

By Gas Technology