Top Control Engineering articles, July 2012

The most-visited articles at www.controleng.com during July 2012 included articles on system integrators, mobile device security, pneumatic actuation, a PLC Product Exclusive, video game influence on HMI, and industrial wireless communications, among others.

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Control Engineering System Integrator Giants 2012Most-read Control Engineering online articles for July 2012 at www.controleng.com included articles on Control Engineering System Integration Giants 2012, mobile device security, pneumatic actuation,  a PLC that uses CoDeSys software, video game influence on human-machine interface (HMI) design, and industrial wireless communications, among others. More about each article and links follow.

 

System Integrator Giants of 2012

These 100 firms represent the largest system integrators of 2012, from among 2,334 in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide.

 

Dark side of mobility - mobile device security article by Control EngineeringThe Dark Side of Mobility

Sure, the idea of “iPhone as HMI” is convenient, but it opens a whole new range of cyber vulnerabilities. Is the functionality worth the risk? Many users are already deploying the technology without sufficient safeguards.

 

Rather than electric solutions, many applications are better suited for a pneumatic mechanical gripper or vacuum suction cups. Courtesy: FestoWhere, when to apply pneumatic actuation

Back to Basics: Knowing why, where, and when to apply pneumatic actuation improves performance and efficiencies and lowers cost.

 

 

Eaton PLCs use CoDeSys programming softwarePLCs use CoDeSys IEC 611313 programming

Product Exclusive: Eaton XC controllers with Controller Development Software (CoDeSys) advance lean automation with powerful, modular systems for open, scalable, and high-performance control.

 

Video game or HMI?

How will video games influence HMI design, ABB asks

Industrial HMI developers consider how video game technology can change the way operators work with control systems. Video: ABB demonstrates some interesting possibilities.

 

 

Implementing wireless solutions for industrial communication applications

M-Gage Wireless Sensor Nodes from Banner Engineering mounted on each loading bay signal the arrival of vehicles by illuminating remotely mounted Banner EZ-Light indicators mounted throughout the facility. Courtesy: Banner EngineeringWireless technology has limitations, but like any technology, it is very powerful when properly applied. Consider these factors before implementing wireless devices, including power, response time, and range, among others.

 

 

Technologies used for Malt-O-Meal integrated safety project

The new risk-assessment process offers improved collaboration between operations, maintenance, engineering, and Malt-O-Meal’s OEM partners for better consistency and increased safety overall.Safety PLC, adjustable speed ac drives, motor starters, and energy management software from Rockwell Automation, along with EtherNet/IP communications from ODVA helped reduce downtime and cut costs.

 

 

Integrated HMI/PLC packages offer convenience, but only in the right applications

Choices of controllers that include an integrated HMI in one package are growing. These promise greater simplicity if the combination of elements works in your situation.

 

2012 Engineers' Choice Awards: Winners

Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by Control Engineering's print and online subscribers. Survey respondents are asked to select products based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact.

 

Additional most-read online articles include:

 

Motor-Driven Systems Efficiency Update - Electric motors have received predominant attention from energy-efficiency standards and regulations due their vast industrial usage and well-documented design, performance, and test specifications.

 

Motion control system for Boeing 787 assembly - Advanced Integration Technology (AIT) uses advanced motion controls on Boeing final 787 body join assembly project. It uses a high-level drives platform and motion controller system, failsafe CPU, and distributed I/O, running over Profinet network.

 

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Managing the risk of arc flash - Understanding the data and the standards for a deadly plant danger.

 

A rational approach to alarm rationalization - While it may not be your favorite activity, thoughtful alarm rationalization pays major operational dividends in the long run and will keep your operators happier.

 

Machine Safety: My main disconnect estop isn’t red with a yellow background - Does my main disconnect functioning as an e-stop need to be red with a yellow background?

 

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- Compiled by Mark T. Hoske, CFE Media, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com.



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