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System Integration

RPI researchers have created a battery that uses potassium rather than lithium, which is cheaper and more abundant and more energy-efficient and could change how batteries are made. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology
Energy, Power March 3, 2020

Metal battery using Potassium could be alternative to Lithium-ion

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a metal battery that relies on potassium instead of Lithium-ion, which could create more energy efficient batteries for consumers.

By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Safety Standards February 20, 2020

Cryptographic ID tag developed to stop supply chain counterfeiting

MIT researchers have invented a cryptographic ID tag that’s small enough to fit on virtually any product and verify its authenticity, which could help stop supply chain counterfeiting.

By Rob Matheson
HMI, OI February 16, 2020

Configuring HMIs and hiring SIs

Have a plan when it comes to configuration your human-machine interface (HMI) and hiring the next generation of engineering talent.

By Jack Smith
Figure 1: FreeWave’s ZumLink IQ integrated with Inductive Automation’s Ignition Edge MQTT installed at one of Sylvan Lake’s field stations. Courtesy: Freewave
Remote Monitoring January 12, 2020

Real-time monitoring and control for a water, wastewater operation

Water and wastewater operations improved with an industrial radio with messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) for faster communication and new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. A system integrator used the wireless system to help improve reliability and reporting and reduce risk.

By Crayton White
Control Engineering provides knowledge daily at www.controleng.com to improve the quality of automation, controls and instrumentation implementations. Courtesy: CFE Media and Technology
Automation January 11, 2020

How clear were 2020 automation predictions?

Think again: Did you have 2020 vision? How clear were your foresights? Predictions of automation, controls, and instrumentation for 2020 were spot on, though perhaps closer to the ideal than to where most are. Are you making these changes quickly enough to stay competitive?

By Mark T. Hoske
Discrete Manufacturing January 10, 2020

Additive manufacturing: Prototyping reimagined

Advancing innovation: One key player in the aerospace sector has brought reduced inventory cost by 95% with the use of additive manufacturing.

By Amit Chadha
Figure 3: As a trusted advisor, you should on the lookout for the customer and help them see what their control system will be or could be in the future. Courtesy: Applied Control Engineering Inc.
System Integrators January 9, 2020

Fostering long-term relationships in the system integration industry

It may take more effort to build a long-term relationship, but it pays off in the long run as the customer views the integrator as a trusted advisor and part of the team.

By Ian Burns
Process Manufacturing January 9, 2020

Subscription software drives digital transformation

A subscription delivery model can hasten adoption automation software required to progress in the journey toward digital transformation.

By George Bauer
System Integrators January 8, 2020

System integrator relationships key to manufacturers’ competitive advantage

There are many reasons why it’s better to have a deeper, strategic partnership with an integrator that goes beyond an individual project; here are a few.

By Greg Young
Figure 3: The control and operator interface components found on OEM equipment may vary from the overall plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system yet must be closely integrated. Courtesy: Tesco Controls Inc.
System Integrators December 23, 2019

Strategies for integrating OEM equipment in water/wastewater projects

System integrators face common challenges with incorporating original equipment manufacturers (OEM) equipment into automation projects, but there are some proven strategies to drive success.

By Stephen Goldsworth