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Dedicated Controls October 2, 2012

Safety interface controller

The PSSR-2 by Tapeswitch has integrity monitoring of any presence sensing safety switch along with a manual and auto reset.

Dedicated Controls September 18, 2012

Are you solving the wrong problem?

How to ask the right questions to uncover the real issue at the core of a project.

By Bruce Brandt
Dedicated Controls August 22, 2012

PLC Developments Increase Flexibility and Speed

New architectures are expanding capabilities, blurring the line between programmable automation controllers and PLCs.

By Sammy Natsui
Dedicated Controls July 17, 2012

Tricks of the Trade: Level Control

Sometimes the most important control objective of a level controller is not to control the level.

By Jim Ford
Dedicated Controls April 18, 2012

Moving up from hardwired relay logic

If you’re still trying to control machine functions with relays and discrete electromechanical devices, you should be looking at the small and inexpensive PLCs available these days. Their versatility and simplicity may surprise you.

By Rick Sykora
Dedicated Controls April 13, 2012

Narrow timer relays have labeled thumb wheel to set time

The ETD-BL narrow timer relays by Phoenix Contact are 70% narrower than conventional timer relays and and feature a labeled thumb wheel for precise time settings.

Dedicated Controls January 27, 2012

Single loop controller qualified for nuclear service

Yokogawa YS1700 Single Loop Controller is now qualified to be used in nuclear applications, non-safety seismic, and safety seismic applications, including nuclear safety. It is also used in industries such as power, petrochemical, water, pulp/paper, marine and municipal boilers.

Dedicated Controls January 17, 2012

Tuning thermal PID loops

When dealing with critical temperature applications, PID controllers are a common regulatory approach, but tuning these often requires a different strategy than other types of loops. Auto-tuning features can help if you understand them.

By Jason Beyer and Sean Wilkinson, Watlow
Dedicated Controls January 14, 2012

Manufacturers Reduce Design Time with Common Design Environment

Advanced programmable automation controllers (PACs) offer one common control platform, control engine, and development environment, designed to deliver control capabilities for all disciplines from process to safety to motion.

By Mike Burrows
Dedicated Controls January 11, 2012

DIN temperature controller

Automated Control Engineering (A.C.E.) and West's DIN 6500 temperature controller is designed for basic electric heater applications.