Assembly Automation: Volume 19 Issue 4


The international journal of assembly technology and management

Table of contents

The current fieldbus standards situation – a European view

Richard Piggin, Ken Young, Richard McLaughlin

This paper reviews current and proposed fieldbus standards that affect Europe. Relevant technologies and the formation of standards are shown. The initial goal of a single…

The industrial application of personal computers

Andy McFarlane

Discusses options and issues associated with using personal computers (PCs) in industrial applications. Highlights some of the pitfalls and advantages of using a PC in…

Tool integration utilising fieldbus technology

Richard Piggin, Ken Young, Richard McLaughlin

The traditional use of fieldbus is discussed. Examples of novel applications enabled by fieldbus are introduced. Work on temporary fieldbus connectivity that allows more…

Design, manufacturing and assembly automation trends and strategies in China

Paul G. Ranky

Owing to the currently deepening economic crisis of the entire region, in the area of automation and industrial development, China is focusing on several strategic areas…


Windows CE brings real time control to the PC platform

Andrew Ballard

With the launch of its Windows CE operating system, Microsoft has signalled its intent to push the PC platform into the manufacturing environment. Intellution UK’s general…


Locally distributed automation – but with which fieldbus system?

Peter Neumann

Discusses the distribution of application functions to process‐oriented field devices and process‐remote components in distributed automation systems. Describes the use of…


Cutler‐Hammer open automation systems

Darren Hill

Describes the evolution of industrial control systems from PLC to PC based systems including the use of the DeviceNet fieldbus standard. Also includes a case study of…

Profibus simplifies the design of new hydraulics applications

Herb Johanson

Describes the use of Profibus to monitor temperatures and pressures and control hydraulic actuators in both an injection molding machine and a powder compacting press.

An embedded‐agent technique for industrial control environments where process modelling is difficult

Hani Hagras, Victor Callaghan, Martin Colley

Most automatic devices designed to control even moderately complex systems are based on feedback. The concept of feedback control is so intuitively straightforward that…

Handling with ice – the cryo‐gripper, a new approach

Jörg Stephan, Guenther Seliger

Europe’s textile and clothing industry is facing competition as never before. To enhance its competitiveness in countries with high labour costs, its production as part of…




Online date, start – end:

1980 – 2022

Copyright Holder:

Emerald Publishing Limited


  • Prof Hong Qiao