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Torque Sensors in Automation Systems

What is a Torque Sensor and How is it Used in Industrial Automation?  Industrial automation has revolutionized the way the world works. However, it’s impossible to set up a fully-functioning system without an array of different sensors. In general, these sensors create a measurable output for a specific physical force—whether that is electricity, temperature, or […]

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A Guide to Profibus Communication

Throughout the years, industrial automation has seen rapid expansion in both technology, scope, and uses. There are now several kinds of automation protocols, all of which have their specific structures and advantages. Profibus communication is among one of the most unique, able to suit a range of specific needs while maintaining a high standard of […]

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Cascade Control Loops

In Industrial Engineering today, AI and automated systems are kings, allowing us to focus on more complex, creative work. Of course, what this looks differs depending on the specific field in which it is implemented.  Artificial neural networks, SCADA, programmable logic controllers, and human-machine interface systems are just a few automation systems you might encounter, […]

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Feedback Vs. Feedforward Control Systems

The field of Industrial Engineering primarily concerns itself optimizing complex systems and finding ways to make machines, processes, workers, and organizations as efficient as possible. Naturally, industrial automation has become a significant focus, an industry-wide move that has allowed us to cut costs, increase quality, raise the level of worker safety, and maintain a higher […]

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What is a Loop Checking Procedure and Why is it Important?

What is a Loop Checking Procedure and Why is it Important?  Industrial automation is a driving force in today’s business world. From companies that seek to increase their efficiency to those that use automation to increase worker safety, there is no shortage of applications for the technology.  But how do engineers figure out if their […]

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What is a DCS System and what are its advantages?

What is a DCS system and what are its advantages?  It’s almost unheard of to walk into a modern plant or production facility and not find an automated control system of some sort. These interconnected networks of computers and sensors help keep things running when there are too many simultaneous tasks for human supervisors to […]

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What is a Programmable Logic Controller and What is it Used For?

Programmable logic controllers are computers outfitted with the latest AI technology that allows them to analyze data and adjust a machine or process independently. When PLCs were first introduced to the industry, it was a revolutionary technology that irrevocably changed how the industry worked. Today, PLCs are integral to industrial automation, and, as technology advances, […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Decision Making in Automation Systems

How Artificial Intelligence Shapes Decision-Making in Automation Systems The world of manufacturing is a lot smarter than it was ten years ago. Thanks to the emergence of automation, factories are running with less manual labor and more robotic applications. Currently, this approach still relies heavily on humans to control how automated solutions operate and make […]

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Industrial Engineers Utilizing 3D Printing

What is 3D printing? 3D printing allows users to build an object by printing material layer by layer until a three-dimensional object is formed. A computer-aided design (CAD) drawing or 3D model is used for the plans, and the objects are created from various materials including polymers, plastics, and metals using special printers. This technology […]

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Apps And Industrial Engineering

The brave, new world we live in is one built on the backs of innovation, technology, and the belief that we should work smarter rather than harder. This has brought us convenience in many different forms, but few greater than in the smartphones we carry with us every day. Thoroughly enmeshed in our lives, phones […]

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