Discrete Manufacturing - Motors, Drives

Independent motion control solution launched

PLCopen Safe Motion 1.0 is a system independent solution designed to ensure that safety drive... » more

Figure 2: Using a device-centric approach, where the device handles the low-level details of the hardware interfaces, can simplify programming. AutomationDirect’s Do-more Designer controller programming software platform has a device-centric approach. Cou

Controller embeds programming efficiency

Cover Story: PLC programming: Selecting the right controller and accompanying programming software... » more

Figure 9: Overview of the level controlled function blocks. Courtesy: PLCopen

Creating compliant function block libraries

Part of a modern software development methodology is creating re-usable components, called function... » more

In case you didn't notice: DCS and automation upgrade examples

The April issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on DCS modernization, automation methods used in a... » more

Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March. Courtesy: Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc.

Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc., joins Control Engineering editorial advisory board

Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control... » more

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have only been around for 50 years, but they have gone through a number of changes and evolutions that are paralleled with computers. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer

Origins of the programmable controller and its potential future

The programmable logic controller (PLC) went through a lot of trial-and-error in its early... » more

Figure 1 shows an Allen-Bradley RSLogix5000 ControlLogix program written back in 2006. The program communicated with a machine vision system that sent and received strings of data for everything from its camera triggering to its reporting of positional da

Ladder logic 305: ASCII and strings

American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) and strings are designed to turn... » more

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

Six key differences between PLCs and computers

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

Figure 2: Using a device-centric approach, where the device handles the low-level details of the hardware interfaces, can simplify programming. AutomationDirect’s Do-more Designer controller programming software platform has a device-centric approach. Cou Figure 9: Overview of the level controlled function blocks. Courtesy: PLCopen Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March. Courtesy: Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have only been around for 50 years, but they have gone through a number of changes and evolutions that are paralleled with computers. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer Figure 1 shows an Allen-Bradley RSLogix5000 ControlLogix program written back in 2006. The program communicated with a machine vision system that sent and received strings of data for everything from its camera triggering to its reporting of positional da On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

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Touchscreen controller with flexible IO

EZAutomation's EZTouch I/O flex is a compact touch-screen controller for various control applications.

2018 Engineers' Choice Awards: Entry deadline extended to Aug. 11

Enter your products today! Entries for the Control Engineering 2018 Engineers' Choice Awards close at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, August 11, 2017.

Safety controller for easier integration, automation

Lenze's C250-S is a safety controller that enables engineers to program all of the machine’s safety needs using just one engineering tool based on the PLCopen standard.

SCADA with native drivers for harsh conditions

Ecava's IntegraXor is a fully functional supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) with native drivers and is developed based on standard web technologies with adopted scaleable vector graphic (SVG) to enable lossless view...

Message controller and LED display for manufacturers

EZAutomation's EZ iMarquee is an all-in-one master message controller and LED message display can display valuable machine or plant data coming from a PLC or SCADA.

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Functional safety life cycle: 1) Perform risk assessment 2) Examine functional requirements 3) Design and verify mitigation 4) Install and validate 5) Manage, change, and improve. Courtesy: Control Engineering Machine Safety Blog, JB Titus & Associates

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

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

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Covers discrete sensors, programmable controllers, CNCs, I/O modules and associated actuation, decision, measurement, and logic functions.

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