System Integration

The new age digital engineering practices help enable new business models that unlock greater value for enterprises and increase the value proposition for those involved. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services Ltd.
System Integration October 15, 2019

Digital engineering practices enhance technologies of tomorrow

Digitalization: By integrating digital, physical and virtual realities, digital engineering redefines product development and manufacturing. Digital engineering accelerates development of next-generation smart products, services and operations.

By Narayanan Ramanathan
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System Integration October 11, 2019

Energy management’s strategic role shifting for manufacturers

Reliable energy efficiency policies are being given a new lease on life by the introduction of better technology solutions.

By Vincent de Rul
Robert Herman is program manager - senior engineer, Avanceon. Courtesy: Avanceon
System Integration October 8, 2019

Packaging automation integration advice from Avanceon

Case study questions and answers: Seven bakery lines converge in one packaging area that fills 20 cases per minute. Controllers needed replacing and programming, and the network needed updating. System integrators checked and tested code as they went so the project could be completed over a three-day weekend.

By Robert Herman
Bag conveyor system collects inspected products towards case packers. Courtesy: NCC Automated Systems
System Integration October 8, 2019

Packaging system integration advice from NCC Automated Systems

Case study: A vegetable processor packaging project included integration of weighers, baggers, robotic case loaders, case formers and closers, robotic palletizing and conveyors. Changeovers happen regularly.

By Kevin Mauger
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System Integration October 6, 2019

Control engineering: Basic terms explained

Back to basics tutorial: Understand the terminologies that comprise control engineering and what they mean for engineers.

By Mark T. Hoske and Kevin Parker
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