Networking & Security - I/O Systems, Modules

It's all about the outputs

Inputs are nice to look at, but if you're not turning on outputs, you're not doing anything. » more

Modules designed to connect controllers to Profibus networks

Molex's SST PB3-CPX modules are designed to connect controllers to Profibus DP-V0 and DP-V1... » more

Embedded board for medical, industrial automation applications

Adlink's AmITX-BW-I is a Mini-ITX embedded board designed to fulfill requirements for medical, and... » more

Single board computer for extensive IO support

Acromag's XVME-6700 is a 6U VME single board computer utilizes the Intel 8-Series QM87 QM87 PCH... » more

Modules added to programmable controller series

AutomationDirect has introduced additional modules to the Productivity series of programmable... » more

Wireless Ethernet IO module

Advantech's Wise-4012 wireless Ethernet I/O module is designed to be used without the need for a... » more

20 years of CiA 401: Perhaps the most implemented CANopen profile

CiA 401, the CANopen device profile for generic I/O modules, was released in 1996 and has been... » more

Managing automation upgrades, retrofits

From minor modifications to major overhauls, an automation system will significantly change during... » more

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Industrial Networking: Introduction to Networking

Doug Bell introduces Chris Harris. Networks communicate in several ways including by wire, wireless, and fiber optics. Various standards such as RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 and Ethernet come with the particular device being...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-232

The RS-232 standard allows for communication between two devices in either a master-slave or master-master configuration. A master-master configuration does not require the cables to be changed however the hardware needs to...

Industrial Networking: RS-232 Media and Hardware

All types of connectors are found with RS-232 with no set standard, zip links are a solution especially in long distance (up to 50 feet) applications. DTE and DCE devices require different wiring configurations. The device...

Industrial Networking: Networking Protocol Basics

A compatible wiring scheme does not mean two devices can communication with each other, they need the same language. In a network, there must be a device that produces a signal for the network to work, cannot have two slave...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-422

The RS-422 standard allows use with up to 11 devices and 4000 feet of wire. The standard is commonly confused with RS-485 and can even work with RS-485 devices. RS-422 is not widely supported. Long-time automation trainer Doug...

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Cyber Security Research

2016 Cyber Security Study: Six key findings

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2016 Cyber Security Study... » more

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Cyber Security: Technology Review

A very fast paced look at many types of hardware...

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Avoid the worst control system ever

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