PLCs, PACs

Courtesy: Tesco Controls
PLCs, PACs December 12, 2020

Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code

By Raju Nair
Courtesy: Advantech/New Products for Engineers Database
PLCs, PACs October 18, 2020

The rise of the PAC

A programmable automation controller (PAC) is an open control platform that supports and integrates multiple automation disciplines, typically logic and motion control, but also other functions.

By David Humphrey
PLCs, PACs September 28, 2020

Top 5 Control Engineering articles Sept. 21-27, 2020

Articles about engineering leaders under 40, the younger workforce leading manufacturing, programmable logic controllers, and more were Control Engineering’s five most clicked articles from Sept. 21-27, 2020. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: ControlSphere Engineering
PLCs, PACs August 4, 2020

Control Engineering hot topics, July 2020

Control Engineering's most clicked articles in July 2020 included stories about programmable logic controllers, re-entering the workplace after COVID-19, data management, ladder logic, and more. Miss something? You can catch up here.

By Keagan Gay
Courtesy: ControlSphere Engineering
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.
Courtesy: Emerson
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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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
Courtesy: Emerson
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
Courtesy: ControlSphere Engineering
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.
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