PLCs, PACs
PLCs, PACs October 2, 2018

Manufacturer acquires PLC business platform for process, discrete industry expansion

Emerson announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric, to expand opportunities in machine control and discrete applications across process industries and target hybrid markets.

By Emerson
Over the past 12 months, the average respondent's company was estimated to have been spent $184,000 on industrial controller software and hardware—an increase of 17% over 2017 data. Source: Control Engineering
PLCs, PACs September 10, 2018

2018 Programmable Controllers Study

Five industrial controller findings

By Amanda Pelliccione
PLCs, PACs August 27, 2018

Control system simulator teaches operators how to thwart hackers

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed a simulator to help operators of chemical processing plants better understand the security issues of industrial control systems (ICSs). Future versions are being planned to simulate electric power grids, treatment facilities, and other manufacturing facilities.

By John Toon, Georgia Tech University
PLCs, PACs August 8, 2018

How to choose an industrial automation controller

Choosing the most effective controller requires careful evaluation of multiple requirements.

By Jeff Payne, AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs July 30, 2018

A standard reference point for motion controllers

A coordinate frame is a point of reference that defines the six degrees of freedom (DoF) in a PLCopen controller. A programmer needs to know how the different coordinate frames interact and which ones are important to understand.

By Mark Wilder, Yaskawa America Inc.
PLCs, PACs July 5, 2018

Strategies for upgrading PLC hardware

As technology advances, hardware needs to be updated for optimal efficiency.

By Evan Novakowski, Avanceon
PLCs, PACs June 7, 2018

Discrete Sensors 101: Sensor types and best practices

Measuring success: Understand which type of discrete sensors to use for what applications, terminology, and tips.

By Jon Breen, Breen Machine Automation Services LLC
PLCs, PACs April 7, 2018

What is an embedded system?

The meaning of an embedded system varies depending on the application; system integrators, end users, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) may have different views.

By Mark T. Hoske
PLCs, PACs April 6, 2018

Understanding industrial control systems security basics

Cover story: It’s critical to implement an in-depth cybersecurity plan to help protect industrial control systems (ICSs) against a cyber attack. Identify threats, vulnerabilities, standards, and documents.

By Sunil Doddi, CAP, Hydro-Chem, a division of Linde Engineering North America
PLCs, PACs February 13, 2018

Product design: Incorporating commercial technologies into industrial controllers

Industrial controllers are using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies such as Ethernet, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), USB, and MicroSD cards to improve price/performance ratios, shrink form factors, and add new features.

By Jeff Payne, AutomationDirect