System Integration & Control Systems Design


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Case History 183: Bad valve split-ranging causing problems
August 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice
Pressure control is one of the processes that can be self-regulating or integrating, and it is sometimes very difficult to determine which type it is.

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Optimised, PC-based food production
August 2022, Beckhoff Automation, Editor's Choice
Foodjet’s MDL food printers can portion and deposit toppings with maximum precision, whether coating pizza dough with a perfect layer of tomato sauce, or icing doughnuts with seasonal decorations.

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Loop Signatures 13: Digital controllers – Part 5: The D term
July 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice
The objective of the derivative term is to speed up the control response in very slow processes, as often encountered in some temperature controls.

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Loop Signatures 12: Digital controllers – Part 4: The I term
June 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice
Generally, as PLCs sometimes do not handle PIDs well, I always do some tests on them to check on the operation of their control loops.

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Risk assessments accelerate Booyco PDS adoption
June 2022, Editor's Choice
As mines systematically assess the risks related to their trackless mining machinery, they increasingly see the value in proximity detection systems.

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Control loop: Case History 182 - A temperature cascade control loop that didn’t work
May 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice
The problems encountered in a heater outlet temperature control in a petrochemical refinery were causing considerable difficulties for the operators. Here is another wonderful example of the power of cascade control, even with a really bad control element.

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The role of ‘green’ packaging in sustainable manufacturing
April 2022, Omron Electronics
Sustainability in the packaging industry is one of the key aspects in fighting the plastic waste issue and, ultimately, climate change.

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Working hand in hand to meet automotive OEMs’ strict requirements
April 2022, Turck Banner, Sensors & Transducers
The LASE Group, producer of machines and assembly cells for the automotive industry, places trust in its close collaboration with Turck Multiprox.

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PC-based control for seed treatment
April 2022, Beckhoff Automation
The cost and consumption reports generated by the production control system open up new ways of managing and analysing data.

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Cobot boosts production by 15%
March 2022, Omron Electronics
Topcustom, an Italian producer of custom-made bathroom sinks, has recently transformed part of its operations by deploying a collaborative robot (cobot) from Omron. The new cobot is being used to automate ...

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Integrated control and software solutions for operational efficiency and traceability
March 2022, Schneider Electric South Africa
Actionable insight from integrated operations has the potential to transform business and improve risk management.

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Omron and FlexLink design collaborative palletiser
March 2022, Omron Electronics
The cobot solution, with its small footprint and active safety equipment, enables the handling of up to 8 boxes per minute without the need for fencing or laser scanners.

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Control loop: Case History 181 - Understand the basics of the components in the loop
March 2022, Michael Brown Control Engineering, Editor's Choice
To my amazement I find that people seem to think that because these days we are using ‘smart’ transmitters, the basic rules can be ignored.

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Reliable drug production requires fast and GMP-compliant labelling
March 2022, Omron Electronics
By using a new labelling system with smart camera technology from Omron, Steierl-Pharma can label its pharmaceuticals with high process speed and reliability.

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Oval XTS line and PC-based control optimise plastic hose production
March 2022, Beckhoff Automation
When changing formats, for example, for a conversion to other winding lengths, the solution eliminates the need for mechanical adjustments and re-programming in the six-axis machine responsible for feeding the material.

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Intelligent cathodic protection system
February 2022, Omniflex Remote Monitoring Specialists
Omniflex has developed the PowerView CP cathodic protection system over several years to bring up-to-date technology to impressed current cathodic protection.

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Accelerating high-precision assembly of micro-optics
January 2022, Beckhoff Automation
PC-based control technology automates component assembly.

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Siemens guides Tiger Brands along its digitalisation journey
January 2022, Siemens South Africa
The project involved upgrading the legacy plant control system with the implementation of a combined Siemens WINCC scada and PM-addons along with the associated network and control equipment that included communication converters, PLCs, VSDs and ASI modules for various process areas.

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The MX-System: the controller becomes a modular control cabinet
January 2022, Beckhoff Automation
The new MX-System from Beckhoff is quite simply a revolution in control cabinet construction.

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TwinCAT for test rig automation
November 2021, Beckhoff Automation
Flexibility and high performance in control program generation for endurance testing.

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