To address the systems and product design issues important
to its more than 94,000 subscribers
who approve the purchase of and/or specification of automation and control components (source: Design News BPA statement 12/09),
Design News announces the launch of its Automation & Control blog at www.designnews.com. The blog will address relevant news, trends
and events related to automation and control technologies such as controllers,
sensors, drives and motors, robotics and motion control components, I/O, and
system and device network connectivity such as fieldbus, Ethernet and wireless.
"Automation and control technologies are essential aspects
of the system and product design coverage that Design News is well known for
providing," said David Greenfield, editorial director of Design News and
principal contributor to the Automation & Control blog. "From designing the
operational capabilities of industrial systems and OEM machinery to common
consumer and industrial products, design engineers increasingly rely on knowing
everything they can about the latest and most trusted automation and control
technologies available to them."
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.