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PLCs, PACs July 30, 2020

Which IEC 61131-3 Programming Language is best? Part 2

With many programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and standards from which to choose, select the best language for specific automation and controls applications. Part 2 focuses on function block diagram (FBD), continuous function chart (CFC) and structured text (ST).

By Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
Ladder diagram is the most popular programmable controllers programming language at 80% followed by function block diagram at 58%, structured text at 44%, object-oriented programming at 39%, sequential function charge at 34%, C at 31% followed by five others at 24% down to 5%. Courtesy: Control Engineering 2020 Industrial Controller Research Report
Research July 16, 2020

Research: Controller programming methods, advice

Control Engineering 2020 research on industrial programmable controllers said ladder logic continues to dominate programming, software integration and simulation capabilities are increasing, and survey respondents seek programming flexibility. See six software-related programmable controller changes since 2018 and nine programmable controller bits of software advice.

By Mark T. Hoske
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PLCs, PACs July 13, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles July 6-12, 2020

Articles about drawing electrical schematics, manufacturer management during COVID-19, process safety, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from July 6-July 12, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Discrete Manufacturing July 10, 2020

Benefits of learning ladder logic for industrial programming

Ladder logic is challenging for industrial programming, but it is a valuable skill for engineers looking to enhance their skill set.

By David Breen
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PLCs, PACs July 6, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 29 to July 5, 2020

Articles about PLC's, COVID-19's effect on wastewater treatment facilities, automation and IIoT, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 28-July 5, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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PLCs, PACs June 30, 2020

Moving toward self-assembly machine automation systems

Evolving PLC and PAC platforms, networking, and programming methods are leading to self-assembled machine automation systems, reducing risk and user integration efforts.

By Keith McNab
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PLCs, PACs June 29, 2020

Which IEC 61131-3 programming language is best? Part 1

With so many programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages and standards from which to choose, what is the right choice for automation and controls applications? Part 1 provides an overview and focuses on Ladder Diagram (LD) and Sequential Function Chart (SFC).

By Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
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Workforce Development June 15, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles June 8-14, 2020

Articles about workplace distancing due to COVID-19, the 2020 career and salary, industrial controllers, IIoT, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from June 8-14, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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Power Quality June 3, 2020

COVID-19 emergency support for safety circuits, VFDs, vision, PLC power quality, SCADA

System integrators can provide emergency support for automation troubleshooting to shorten or prevent downtime, improve quality and save money as manufacturing restarts or continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
Protecting PLCs and PACs from cybersecurity threats need to begin before the threat even starts. Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs May 26, 2020

Protect PLCs and PACs from cybersecurity threats

Protecting programmable logic controllers (PLC) and programmable automation controllers (PAC) from security threats should begin even before an attack is detected.

By Steve Ward