PLCs, PACs

Courtesy: ControlSphere LLC
PLCs, PACs November 24, 2021

PLC object orientation guidelines published

PLCopen started an object-oriented programming (OOP) guidelines initiative in order to create a more homogeneous method.

By PLCopen
Courtesy: Patti Engineering, AMT, Control Engineering
PLCs, PACs November 18, 2021

PLCs and other controllers in an IIoT world: More answers

How are programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and other controllers helping with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations? Find more answers below.

By L. John Shipley, PE, CAP
Courtesy: Industry IoT Consortium
PLCs, PACs October 7, 2021

Virtualized programmable logic controllers

A paradigm shift toward industrial edge and cloud computing.

By David Lou, Ulrich Graf and Dr. Mitch Tseng
Courtesy: PLCopen
PLCs, PACs October 3, 2021

Using abstraction to reduce the machine integration efforts

Integrating a packaging machine can be a time-consuming process, but creating a higher abstraction level can help with specific functionalities and speed up the overall PLC and motion programming process. IEC 61131-3 standard and PLCopen Motion Control Function Blocks help.

By Eelco van der Wal
Courtesy: VIPA ControlsAmerica and New Products for Engineers' Database
PLCs, PACs September 25, 2021

Know your PLC programming audience

Programmable logic controller (PLC) code should never be a bottleneck when troubleshooting and should be designed to address the needs and knowledge of as many engineers as possible.

By Mike Blenman
Courtesy: IDEC Corporation, New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs August 10, 2021

What IEC 61499 means for the PLC

The IEC 61499 international standard doesn’t signal the end for the programmable logic controller (PLC), but its impact, particularly in process control applications, will change how PLCs are used.

By Martyn Hilbers
Courtesy: PLCopen
PLCs, PACs July 6, 2021

Structuring with IEC 61131-3: 7 steps to success

The IEC 61131-3 standard includes powerful structuring tools and can help provide users an excellent way to break a control system down into manageable units for greater overall effectiveness.

By Eelco van der Wal
Courtesy: AutomationDirect, New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs June 28, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 21-27, 2021

Articles about PLC benefits, HMI and SCADA design, six calibration tips, process control systems and cybersecurity's past were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 21-27, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
Courtesy: AutomationDirect, New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs June 16, 2021

The PLC remains stronger than ever

The programmable logic controller (PLC) has been declared dead many times, but it continues to thrive even in the Industry 4.0 era.

By David Humphrey
Courtesy: VIPA ControlsAmerica and New Products for Engineers' Database
PLCs, PACs June 16, 2021

PLC coding practices document released

The Top 20 Secure PLC Coding Practices document aims to provide a list of coding practices for PLC programmers.

By International Society of Automation (ISA)