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Knives out: New tech brings power & flexibility to the edge

Feb. 23, 2021
In this series, Jim Montague explores the latest technology and trends in edge computing

This latest series offers an in-depth look at the latest trends and technologies that are empowering edge computing, however that's defined by each user. 

Knives out: edges emerging everywhere

New software tools multiply edge computing capabilities, power and ease of use. In this example, Santos' Gladstone Liquefied Natural Gas (GLNG) in Queensland, Australia, future-proofs production by upgrading its progressing cavity pump (PCP), linear rod pump (LRP) wellhead skids, and separator and motor controls. Read more. 

Local computing = unbeatable basics

How Viewpoint Systems Inc. implemented edge computing for Quantum Engineered Products Inc., adding NI Compact RIO to the plunger mechanisms used in blank-side forming of glass bottles, which could improve their process by sensing and recording plunger positions into the molten-glass gobs in the blank-side mold, identify and diagnose potential hardware problems, and provide real-time feedback to control their process. Read more.

Homegrown heat treating

How American Metal Processing implemented Opto 22's groov EPIC controls on its rotary furnaces to coordinate I/O functions, data logging, feeder scale, vibration stages, alarm queries, lot tracking, HMI displays and other tasks to optimize its rotary furnaces. Read more.

Edge computing survival kit

Many software tools and services are available that can make to easier to design, implement and maintain edge-computing applications. Here are some of the latest. Read more.

Securing at the perimeter

Even though edge computing is getting better at running on its own, it still needs to network to remote users, enterprise systems and cloud-computing services—so it also needs security. If you want to work on the edge, GE Digital and Opto 22 say bring cybersecurity, too. Read more.

Living on the outer limits

Defining edge computing is the first step in learning how to use it. Phoenix Contact's Yuri Chamarelli, Emerson's Shane Hale and Martin CSI's Nate Kay offer their advice. Read more.

Edge computing punch list 

Implementing the edge, support software, networking, related devices and all the areas it overlaps requires a step-by-step approach. Here are some of the essential tasks for achieving useful edge computing. Read more.

About the author: Jim Montague
About the Author

Jim Montague | Executive Editor

Jim Montague is executive editor of Control. 

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