Optimation has just been awarded a batch weighing system for food grade products. The system handles sequencing of different ingredients into a scale and then discharge of the scale into a mixer. These formulations are normally 10 to 12 different ingredients and there are hundreds of different formulations. The typical run size is in tons with approximate 2 tons per batch; therefore 5 to 20 batches of the same formation will be scheduled consecutively.
Whether designing dedicated test stands or developing control systems, it may be necessary to calibrate the signals that are being measured. One of our test system specialists has written a detailed article for Control Design magazine, Process variables and the art of calibrating instruments.
Topics: Test Systems
Password management gets more important as we access financial websites, corporate portals, and an ever-increasing number of cloud-based resources as part of our online activity. In addition to passwords, it is good to secure personal data such as Social Security numbers and other sensitive information that should be kept out of the wild from identity thieves.
Control system specifications regularly involve deciding where operator interfaces will reside. More recently, a choice must also be made on whether or not to use mobile devices.
Most automation suppliers are embracing virtual environments. Here are some examples of what they are saying about it:
On the heels of the 65th Engineers Week, I would like to highlight the accomplishments of the Rochester Engineering Society (and specifically RES Board Member Lee Loomis) in launching a tutoring program with our city schools. Serving on the board for a number of years, most recently as treasurer, I have been involved with this program as it has come off the ground. I think it is a fine example of how engineers are making a difference in our local communities.
It is difficult to search software titles for very long without coming across something being sourced by a Git server (such as GitHub). As the default workflow for over 10 million software developers, coupled with the recent announcement that Google Code is being retired, there seems to be every reason to believe that Git is here to stay. How can those of us writing software for controls systems take advantage of this tool in our everyday work flow?