PLCs, PACs
Sponsored White Paper PLCs, PACs April 30, 2019

Meet the Future: Edge Programmable Industrial Controllers

This white paper explains a programmable industrial controller designed to reduce project costs.

By Opto 22
Simulation can provide detailed visualization of a line in an existing production facility. Courtesy: Dennis Group
PLCs, PACs March 28, 2019

Optimize production line design with simulation modeling

Simulation modeling, used properly, can identify and remove risks, maximize value, and help produce successful outcomes. Ask these five questions to ensure the model reflects realistic behavior and constraints.

By Christy Starner
Accessing SQL databases is simple through the capabilities of modern control systems. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
PLCs, PACs March 7, 2019

Six ways data acquisition strategies can support advanced analytics

Some applications require data acquisition strategies without cloud connectivity, but they can still benefit from advanced analytics technology.

By Daymon Thompson
Edge computing simplifies an infrastructure by mapping once at the edge and delivering data in a more efficient way, with message queuing telemetry transport (MQTT). Courtesy: Inductive Automation
PLCs, PACs February 28, 2019

New edge computing opportunities available for manufacturers

Edge computing brings data faster to users as well as provide new possibilities for analysis and enhancing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Travis Cox
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
PLCs, PACs February 4, 2019

2019 Engineers’ Choice Awards

Spotlight on innovation: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

By Amanda Pelliccione
Figure 1: According to a survey by the Eclipse Foundation, messaging queuing telemetry transport (MQTT) is the most-used messaging protocol for an IoT solution. Courtesy: Eclipse Foundation Inc.
PLCs, PACs February 1, 2019

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2019

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2019 included stories about MQTT's role as an IoT transport, the 2019 System Integrator Giants, industrial controller selection, the future of IIoT software, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Figure 3, controller: The capabilities of modern industrial controllers, such as this Productivity2000 from AutomationDirect, are expanding. Features such as data handling, communication, and high-speed control should be considered during the selection process to improve designs. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs January 10, 2019

Industrial controller selection: Look beyond the basics

Factory automation controllers: When specifying controllers for industrial automation applications, consider capabilities such as data handling, communications, and high-speed control.

By Winn Paulk
Figure 1: Dynamic human-machine interface (HMI) content such as scalable vector graphics (SVG) makes it easier to visualize complex manufacturing processes. Courtesy: B&R Automation
PLCs, PACs January 2, 2019

Automation programming advances enhance communication, other capabilities

Automation software and hardware advances reduce programming tasks and provide more built-in configurability, scalability, background communication among software components, simulation/digital twin capability, and usability.

By John Kowal
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
PLCs, PACs December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard
PLCs, PACs October 18, 2018

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to consider cybersecurity for PLCs

Pharmaceutical manufacturers need to enact cybersecurity measures for their programmable logic controller (PLCs) to prevent hackers from causing damage that could have major repercussions for the health of the company's customers.

By Steven Pflantz, PE, CRB