Discrete Manufacturing - PLCs, PACs

Six key differences between PLCs and computers

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 30 to February 5: IIoT advice, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller, more

Articles about the IIoT and manufacturing, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller for... » more

What controller fits your application?

Controllers available for modern applications include programmable logic controllers (PLCs),... » more

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2017

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2017 included stories about control panel... » more

Chemical manufacturer tames alarm management

Even after an input/output (I/O) migration, and installing a new distributed control system (DCS)... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 23-29: IIoT advice, TSN and real-time Ethernet, successful MES implementation, more

Articles about the IIoT and manufacturing, TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, successful MES... » more

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 16-22: TSN and real-time Ethernet, reusable PLC code, hot Control Engineering topics, more

Articles about TSN and real-time Ethernet networking, reusable PLC code advantages, hot Control... » more

Five reasons to use local vendors for buying technical products

While there are many sources available for buying products, the local representative or vendor has... » more

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Linear drives with fine stroke option

Amacoil's Model RG linear drives feature a fine stroke option for fine adjustment of maximum travel distance and is designed for linear motion applications where accuracy in setting the reversal points enhances process accuracy... » more

Digital pressure sensors for gas, liquid applications

AutomationDirect's EPS ProSense line of digital pressure sensors are designed for industrial pressure measurement and indication in both gas and liquid applications. » more

Linear displacement measuring instrument

Kaman's OEM-2306 non-contact linear displacement measuring instrument uses eddy current technology in a small bare PC board format and is designed for integration into original equipment manufacturer (OEM) equipment.  » more

Industrial chassis for machine vision applications

Advantech's IPC-631 industrial chassis has a front input/output (I/O) design and support of a 500W single or redundant power supply and server grade motherboard for high-end machine vision applications.  » more

2017 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 28 categories. » more

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Machine Safety: Benefits of safety assessments, risk...

The need to evaluate hazards and apply corrective actions to reduce... » more

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Motors and Drives Video Series

Overview

Part 1 of the Motors and Drives Series describes...

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Poll of the Week

When buying or specifying a controller, what are the most important considerations?
Speed, latency, memory
Upgrade, licensing simplicity
I/O count, communications ability
Previous controller brand, purchasing agreements
Failsafe, hotswapping
IEC 61131-3 programming, offline programming, simulation
Initial lifecycle costs
Integrated functions such as motion, vision, HMI
Other


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