Frank Lamb is the founder of Automation Consulting LLC, the creator of Automation Primer, and is a member of the Control Engineering Editorial Advisory Board.
Original equipment effectiveness’ role in productive manufacturing
Original equipment effectiveness (OEE) can be used as a gauge to determine how effective and productive a manufacturing plant is.
PLC tag and address naming conventions
Control programming tutorial: Learn about tag templates, common factory automation tag abbreviations, process control tag abbreviations, and five tag and address naming tips.
Other PLC programming languages
Ladder logic is commonly used in the U.S. for programmable logic controllers (PLCs), but other languages are better suited for some programming applications. See sample PLC code in five languages.
How simulation helps automation and controls
The controls often must be programmed for automated machinery and systems before hardware exists, but controls engineers can use simulations to test syntax, proper tag linking and addressing, and code functionality.
What is machine vision, and how can it help?
Understanding how machine vision works will help you see if machine vision will clear up specific application difficulties in manufacturing or processing.
Six key differences between PLCs and computers
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.