Damon Purvis is the PLC Product Manager at AutomationDirect.com. He has over 22 years of industrial automation experience. Previous roles have included designing and deploying automated solutions in a variety of industries, and managing product development of manufacturing data management and business intelligence applications.
Controllers, interfaces provide advanced edge computing capabilities
Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are used for real-time control, but now they can do much more to ease implementation of analytics and other needs with edge computing technologies.
Getting actionable data from an ICS
While industrial control systems (ICSs) will always need to provide functionality, there is an increasing focus on obtaining actionable data from automation platforms.
Cybersecurity-centered systems and fundamentals
For modern industrial control systems (ICSs), cybersecurity involves technologies and user best practices. Four cybersecurity fundamentals are highlighted.
PLCs improve predictive maintenance
Pulling vital information from field devices and transmitting it to the enterprise boosts maintenance practices.
PLCs power industrial data integration
Cover Story: Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have recently gained capabilities formerly possible only with PCs, expanding their role to support seamless data integration with the enterprise.