Smart devices are now enabled to display data, fine tune variances on conveyors, commission machines, aid in the diagnosis of maintenance issues and more. But there seems to be a divide between those who are weary of mobile technology and those who embrace it.
Either way, mobile technology is on the rise and we need to be ready and informed. Check out this roundup of articles from Control and Control Design that outline the latest changes, trends and opinions in mobile technology in an industrial automation setting.
Industrial information software now allows you to create, modify, personalize and access your own displays of business and process information in the office, at the machine, at home or on any mobile device. Read more.
Mobile operator interfaces for machines and robots started out as laptop PCs and have evolved to tablets and smartphones. By whatever the mobile device, reasons for use are the same. Smartphones and tablets have a wide range of functions useful for mobile operator interface. Read more.
In this podcast, Dave Woll at ARC Advisory Group talks with Jim Montague, Control's executive editor, about the mobile automation professional, how increasingly simple and secure remote access is changing many process applications and which of these tools and methods might be most useful to listeners. Listen to the podcast.
"Everyone is more connected now to his or her job than ever in the past," says Keith Jones, PE, of Prism Systems Inc., a system integrator in Mobile, Ala. "The number of customers that are using specific apps written for their business is increasing fast." Read more.
Glaub Automation & Engineering is one of the first system integrators to implement gesture commands for control in manufacturing. Read more.
Wireless is expanding into more tight places and remote process applications than ever before. Here's how it's deployed safely and securely.