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Advanced manufacturing systems.

Manufacturing is essential to a healthy national economy. This issue of ASME Dynamic Systems and Control (DSC) Magazine focuses on control systems in advanced manufacturing, including cyber security of industrial controllers, additive manufacturing and logic controllers. As usual, you will also find news of recent and upcoming activities of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD).

Keith Stouffer and Rick Candell, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, describe a testbed they are developing to evaluate the performance of industrial control systems that have been designed to meet cyber security standards.

Joe Beaman, long time member and former Chair of DSCD, helped make additive manufacturing possible by developing and commercializing the selective laser sintering process. He and Felipe Lopez describe the increasingly important role of manufacturing process control for small lot manufacturing, such as 3 D printing and vacuum arc remelting.

Dawn Tilbury, a recent Chair of DSCD, introduces programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which control and coordinate the thousands of machines, conveyors, etc. in a typical manufacturing plant. She describes how PLCs work and are programmed, and how they can be designed for reconfiguration, so that as consumer needs change the plant can be changed to make the products they want.

With this issue DSC Magazine has successfully completed two years of publication, and was well received by the membership. Consequently, the DSCD leadership has decided to continue with publication. I have fulfilled my commitment to launch this new publication, but I am pleased to report that publication will now continue under the Editorship of Peter Meek] from Purdue University who has already guest edited two previous issues of DSC Magazine. You can now send your comments, as well as suggestions for future issues, directly to him at

A. Galip Ulsoy

Editor of DSC Magazine

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Author:Ulsoy, A. Galip
Publication:Mechanical Engineering-CIME
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2014
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