Courtesy: Applied Manufacturing Technologies
PLCs, PACs May 16, 2022

7 tips every PLC programmer should know

A good programmable logic controller (PLC) programmer should keep the end user in mind when writing code and implement it that is best for the situation.

By Alex Kennedy
Courtesy: Softing
PLCs, PACs May 12, 2022

PLC transaction module bridges IT, OT for system integrator

Connecting the programmable logic controllers (PLC) that run the plant floor operations with the structured query language (SQL) databases can be challenging. An example involving an automation systems integrator is highlighted.

By Deane Horn
Courtesy: Bosch Rexroth
PLCs, PACs February 16, 2022

Key capabilities for today’s open automation controller

There are five key traits to consider when assessing controller platforms, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Dave Cameron
Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs February 8, 2022

Product advice on easy, affordable modern control, IIoT implementation

Next-generation programmable logic controller (PLC) platforms inexpensively and securely deliver reliable and familiar functionality for basic automated control, combined with advanced features like Wi-Fi and data logging, and increased security measures for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications, according to a company with a Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Award product.

By Bill Dehner
Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs February 3, 2022

Getting actionable data from an ICS

While industrial control systems (ICSs) will always need to provide functionality, there is an increasing focus on obtaining actionable data from automation platforms.

By Damon Purvis
Image courtesy: Wood
PLCs, PACs January 11, 2022

Hot topics in Control Engineering for 2021

Think Again: PLC programming, AI and control system evolution, the Career and Salary Survey and HMI/SCADA design were among top articles posted on the Control Engineering website during 2021. Why? See also top 3 covers, top 10 articles posted prior to 2021.

By Mark T. Hoske
Courtesy: Inductive Automation
PLCs, PACs December 27, 2021

PLCs remain essential in modern automation

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) often fill an essential role in automation by communicating, monitoring and controlling automated processes and will continue to do so in the IIoT era.

By Aaron Block
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