PLCs, PACs

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PLCs, PACs March 4, 2021

Three signs it might be time to upgrade a PLC

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are designed to last a long time, but even they have a shelf life. Three tips for knowing when to upgrade are highlighted as well as a cautionary tale.

By Brad Smith
Courtesy: Idec Corporation
virtualization, Cloud, Analytics, Edge Computing March 3, 2021

Expanding edge control

Edge control can take many forms to access stranded data, with modern programmable logic controllers (PLCs) often the preferred alternative.

By Don Pham
Courtesy: SICK, New Products for Engineers Database
Maintenance February 27, 2021

Taking the time out of function blocks

Software tools are speeding up the creation of IO-Link function blocks to enable the capture of more valuable process data from machine controllers. 

By Charlie Walker
Courtesy: Seeq
Motors, Drives February 8, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Feb. 1-7, 2021

Articles about the 2021 Engineers' Choice Awards, top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, 3 data analysis tips, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Feb. 1-7, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: Honeywell’s Workforce Competency Solutions
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 February 2, 2021

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2021

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2021 included stories about top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), using IIoT for a more energy-efficient pump environment, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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PLCs, PACs February 1, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 25-31, 2021

Articles about top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, free PLC programming software for education, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 25-31, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
As of its Feb. 1, 2021, introduction, Unitronics UniStream PLC Cloud Series is said to be the only PLC with embedded built-in cloud without monthly subscription fee or any additional purchase of hardware and software. Just connect and go. Courtesy: Unitronics
PLCs, PACs February 1, 2021

PLC users can use cloud services without programming

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), machine builders and others can access a no-code Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) cloud platform, providing easy-to-use data analysis tools, other functionality for bottom-line improvements

By Mark T. Hoske
Free PLC programming software lets students learn on their own instead of needing a lab. Courtesy: AutomationDirect/New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs January 26, 2021

Free PLC programming software for education

Available programmable logic controller (PLC) software that is free for users is crucial for users and students who can't currently access a lab. See table with a breakdown.

By Jon Breen
Courtesy: Tesco Controls
PLCs, PACs January 18, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 11-17, 2021

Articles about programmable logic controllers (PLCs), top 5 VFD parameter changes explained, cybersecurity and the rise of IT-enable OT system, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 11-17, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
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PLCs, PACs January 11, 2021

Top 5 Control Engineering Articles Jan. 4-10, 2021

Articles about PLCs power in industrial data integration, using IIoT for energy-efficient pump environments, replacing seven SCADA systems with one, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Jan. 4-10, 2021. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay