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
PLCs, PACs February 3, 2018

In pursuit of best practices

The February issue of AppliedAutomation focuses on best practices from a variety of perspectives to show how it is a constant in manufacturing.

By Jack Smith
PLCs, PACs February 1, 2018

Control Engineering hot topics, January 2018

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in January 2018 included stories about PID controllers, modular control systems, control and instrumentation results, 2018 technology trends, and VFD management. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Chris Vavra
PLCs, PACs January 31, 2018

Setting internal automation standards

Industry regulations aren’t specific enough, so internal standards are required to ensure consistency among automation system hardware and software installed in your plant or facility.

By Bill Dehner, AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs January 11, 2018

Selecting an automation controller

Consider these criteria when selecting an automation controller for motion, robotics, machines, and other applications.

By John Kowal, B&R Industrial Automation Corp.