Energy management for automation
Design How-To 8/25/2009 Post a comment
Energy management and responsible handling of resources is currently the number one topic in industry. In light of this, the Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers (AIDA) asked the PROFIBUS organization and PROFINET International (PI) to provide functions and mechanisms for PROFINET that support energy-efficient production.
Simplifying design of industrial process-control systems with PLC evaluation boards (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To 8/24/2009 1 comment
PLC evaluation board applications for industrial process-control systems are diverse, ranging from simple traffic control to complex electrical power grids, from environmental control systems to oil-refinery process control. This two-part series looks at using a PLC evaluation board to simplify design, with a practical example application outlined including schematics and tutorial on using the system.
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
News & Analysis 8/24/2009 Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Solar startup aims as shakeout looms
News & Analysis 8/17/2009 4 comments
An executive setting up a North American sales and marketing arm for 30 of China's solar panel makers says he has landed big deals despite projections of a market shakeout.
Viewpoint: 5 reasons Mexico is best for electronics production
News & Analysis 8/7/2009 6 comments
Many high-tech equipment manufacturers are again picking Mexico for their production needs due to the competitive total cost of ownership compared with other low-cost locations and its proximity to consumers in the United States. Here are five reasons why Mexico beats Asian locations in the selection of a competitive manufacturing site for products destined for consumption in high-cost centers like the United States.
Legal issues hound Polymer Vision administrators
News & Analysis 8/6/2009 Post a comment
Legal complications have left the administrators of Polymer Vision in limbo. The Eindhoven, Netherlands based company went into liquidation last month with the loss of 50 jobs, and when contacted, Smith and Williamson said they could not comment whether any potential buyer has emerged for the company's Southampton facilities, or the technology behind its displays.
Sales, profits, jobs contunue to decline at ARC
News & Analysis 8/5/2009 Post a comment
ARC International, the licensor of configurable processor cores that last week confirmed that it is in discussions that may result in an offer being made for the company, said revenues for the six month of the year ended June 30 were £7.3 million ($11.0 million), a decrease of 22 percent on the corresponding period last year but in line with expectations.
The quest for a robot project
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 8/5/2009 Post a comment
Recently my nephew celebrated his 15th birthday, prompting many discussions of what exactly does a teenager want for a birthday. There were many things discussed, but one thing that did come up was his wish to build a robot.