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The Motion Control Components Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about positioning and sensing, motion system hardware, motion controllers and drives and actuators. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Is Europe Ready for the Smart Buildings Revolution?

Posted March 27, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A report concludes that no EU member state is fully prepared to take advantage of the benefits that smart building technologies will bring, and most countries show little progress in opening the market to demand response, or in encouraging the penetration of energy storage capacity in buildings.


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Testbed Demos Time Sensitive Wireless Networks

Posted May 01, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

A broad swath of industrial automation firms have co-developed the first testbed aimed at demonstrating reliable functionality of wireless Ethernet control technology for Industrial Internet of Things applications. The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) says testbeds permit innovations to be initiated and "rigorously tested to ascertain their usefulness and viability before coming to market." This eleventh IIC testbed, the Time-Sensitive Networking testbed, will demonstrate real-time capability, vendor interoperability, and the ability to combine different critical control traffic on a single, resilient wireless network.


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Strengthening Security in Industrial Control Systems

Posted March 23, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Maintaining reliable control of industrial systems requires more than deploying quality devices in a connected network. Today's operations require a stronger defense against cyber attacks, an approach that typically means constant monitoring at more levels. These days, system engineers aren't left to develop solutions on their own, as specialized technologies are beginning to hit the market. Among them is an appliance from Indegy, which the supplier says can identify unauthorized changes that operators typically can't detect. The platform maps all controllers on a network, validates their configurations, logs all activities and changes, and spots unsanctioned or unintended changes.


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Portable Device Harvests Energy from Chaotic Motion

Posted February 01, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Engineers have long pursued the idea that the energy of chaotic motion - everything from walking to ocean tides - could be harnessed for electrical generation. But few devices have proven up to the task; that is, sufficiently practical and scalable to provide enough useful, usable power. Now, a UK-company has invented what it believes is a simple, portable device that can realistically convert many of the almost limitless sources of continuous motion energy into electricity. They claim their device can translate various kinds of bi-directional motion around an axis into a rotational motion that can drive a generator, producing anywhere from a few watts to hundreds of kilowatts of power.


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Altered Interfaces Take on Wider Role in Automation

Posted May 03, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Industrial HMIs are changing. Text and semi-graphical panels are disappearing, being displaced by wider screens with touch and multi-touch displays. The latter is among today's hottest trends, borrowing technology from consumer devices and helping ensure that change will remain fast-paced in industrial systems for the next several years. That's what ARC Advisory Group projects in a recent study, which also forecasts that the focus on data collection and connectivity will intensify. That means that HMI panels will link the plant floor with the central office, but also act as the means to control modular systems without requiring input from a central control room.


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