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Software Convergence Upends Automation & Control
12/8/2011

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Ilapak's new range of horizontal packaging machines optimizes machine size and performance using an incremental modular design. The system runs on an industrial PC, which offers fast, detailed diagnostic and machine status information using PackML.
Ilapak’s new range of horizontal packaging machines optimizes machine size and performance using an incremental modular design. The system runs on an industrial PC, which offers fast, detailed diagnostic and machine status information using PackML.

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Charles Murray
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How's it being received?
Charles Murray   12/8/2011 8:40:46 PM
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Really a great article, John. So do we know how it's being received in a quantitative way? What perceentage of controls engineers are willing to (as they used to say), cross over to the dark side? What percentage are just saying, no, I won't ever do this?

Ann R. Thryft
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Wave of the future
Ann R. Thryft   12/8/2011 12:57:16 PM
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Increasing integration in A&C does seem to be the wave of the future, and that includes robotics, as I predict in my Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=236475&. Integrating multiple control functions in hardware, as well as into a single IDE, will enable all this. And making it scalable can only be done by integrating PC-based hardware.


Alexander Wolfe
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Great Intro
Alexander Wolfe   12/8/2011 10:25:49 AM
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This is a great intro and I found the discussion of safety of particular value. The implementation of safety standards throughout the factor, and in products via traceable design-for-safety processes, is going to be a huge issue in 2012 and beyond. As well, the HMI stuff in this article was extremely valuable in the context of fielding a complete automation solution.

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