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. Courtesy: Automation Consulting LLC

Frank Lamb

Frank Lamb is founder and owner of Automation Consulting LLC and member of the Control Engineering editorial advisory board.


PLCs, PACs December 6, 2023

PLC programming fundamentals and uses in discrete manufacturing

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are the main method of controlling discrete machinery in manufacturing.

By Frank Lamb
Programming July 18, 2023

PLC programming language fundamentals for improved operations, maintenance

Programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages help keep manufacturing operations running smoothly. Learn about the five types of PLC programming languages and how they’re used.

By Frank Lamb
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Robotics June 7, 2023

Motion control and robotics troubleshooting and maintenance advice

Motion control and robotics troubleshooting requires the user to understand many ways machines operate.

By Frank Lamb
Motors and Drives May 17, 2023

Motor control maintenance and troubleshooting best practices, advice

Electric motors are used to drive actuators and machines in industry and there are many aspects to consider to keep them operating efficiently.

By Frank Lamb
Automation April 19, 2023

The fundamentals of troubleshooting in industrial automation

Maintaining and troubleshooting industrial equipment requires a certain level of mechanical and electrical knowledge, but it starts with common sense and understanding the fundamentals of automation.

By Frank Lamb
Video April 7, 2023

4 critical things to know about PLC programming in 3 minutes

Control Engineering video explains 3 important things to know about PLC programming and adds another you may not have considered. Links to other PLC programming resources.

By Frank Lamb
Mechanical April 19, 2021

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.

By Frank Lamb
PLCs, PACs October 7, 2019

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.

By Frank Lamb
PLCs, PACs July 8, 2019

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.

By Frank Lamb
Simulators, Optimizers March 29, 2019

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.

By Frank Lamb
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