HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Page 1/2  >  >>
Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Smart machines for small control staffs
Rob Spiegel   6/17/2013 9:21:38 AM
NO RATINGS
Nice article Al. This seems to be yet another example of smart machines that let the control engineers off the hook for original programming. Good idea with the army of boomer control engineers heading into retirement.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Smart machines for small control staffs
TJ McDermott   6/17/2013 10:13:14 AM
NO RATINGS
When a project does not absolutely require Ethernet/IP, I'll still push for it for future expandability, or even for simple ease of programming.  The alternative would be programming via a serial connection (shudder).

 

AnandY
User Rank
Gold
Re:Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
AnandY   6/17/2013 10:40:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Ethernet provides real-time manufacturing intelligence. Naturally this will lead to smart manufacturing process which will have faster time to market, lower total costs of ownership, improved asset utilization and optimization.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re:Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel   6/17/2013 11:34:42 AM
NO RATINGS
I agree AnandY. This also takes a lot of pressure off the control engineering staff and puts it on the supplier. Suppliers are effectively competing to see who can make life easier -- and more productive -- for the control engineer.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Smart machines for small control staffs
Charles Murray   6/17/2013 7:13:27 PM
NO RATINGS
It's interesting to see how discussions on intelligent and integrated manufacturing so often come back to Ethernet/IP. What a difference a decade can make.  

apresher
User Rank
Blogger
Connectivity the Key
apresher   6/18/2013 9:10:19 AM
NO RATINGS
Outside North America, the situation is quite different and the worldwide market share of EtherNet/IP is roughly the same as Profinet at about 30% each.  What continues to surprise me is the emphasis on connectivity as a major area for increasing performance and productivity. The ability to communicate more information, more easily is the key point in the next round of "smarter" manufacturing.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re:Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Ann R. Thryft   6/19/2013 12:56:54 PM
NO RATINGS
Rob, I had the same thought. It requires suppliers, or at least distributors and system integrators, to do more of the integrating.



William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Connectivity is the sole enabler???
William K.   6/19/2013 10:05:56 PM
NO RATINGS
We have machine design and building companies building new machines that include connectivivty, snd don't admit that the rest of the machine is new as well.  So how much is real invention and how much is working for the camera? Which then does not achieve that much,

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re:Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel   6/25/2013 11:06:02 AM
NO RATINGS
Ann, we're also see devices that come smart. So there is less of the traditional integration required. As one supplier put it: Now, you put the devices on the line and they come awake and say, "Here I am."

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re:Connectivity Enabling Smart Manufacturing
Ann R. Thryft   6/25/2013 12:39:32 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for the clarification, Rob. I see what you mean. I didn't realize that electronic smarts had been integrated to that extent in control devices.

Page 1/2  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Released on September 19, 2014, this 5.5 inch screen iPhone is the larger version of the iPhone 6, whose teardown follows tomorrow.
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
In many engineering workplaces, there’s a generational conflict between recent engineering graduates and older, more experienced engineers. However, a recent study published in the psychology journal Cognition suggests that both may have something to learn from another group: 4 year olds.
CTC releases EtherCAT Master module for high-performance control of networked servos, stepping motors, and I/O devices.
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
9/10/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
9/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Sep 22 - 26, MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide (Using a Real Eval Board)
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


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.
Next Class: September 30 - October 2
Sponsored by Altera
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service