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Figure 1: Example of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop diagram with velocity and acceleration feed forwards. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems

Open- vs. closed-loop control in fluid power applications

Fluid power applications are complex. It can be a challenge to choose between an open- or... » more

Warehouse, collaborative robotics expand vision guided robotics universe

Vision-guided robots have evolved into tools that can be used to automate all kinds of new tasks.  » more

IIoT and the rise of the cobots

Though traditional robots remain relevant, collaborative robots are starting to emerge more in the... » more

Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items automatically in-motion and automated control is done with an embedded programmable logic controller (PLC). Courtesy: Hardy Process Solutions

Automated checkweigher system for in-motion items

Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items... » more

Figure 1: DC motors work well in low cost, low speed or constant-torque applications such as on this belt-driven roller conveyor. Courtesy: AutomationDirect

How to select a motor for an industrial application

Cover Story: Understanding the main types of loads, motors, and applications can help simplify... » more

Figure 1: Even if the user doesn’t know all the application details, there are built-in tools to help calculate numbers for some variables that may be harder to track down such as inertia. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation

Software helps size, select motors

Software can help engineers select the right motor regardless of application and be useful for new... » more

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

Six key differences between PLCs and computers

On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can... » more

Figure 1: Example of a proportional-integral-derivative (PID) control loop diagram with velocity and acceleration feed forwards. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Hardy Process Solutions' Dynamic Checkweigher is a fully automated system designed to weigh items automatically in-motion and automated control is done with an embedded programmable logic controller (PLC). Courtesy: Hardy Process Solutions Figure 1: DC motors work well in low cost, low speed or constant-torque applications such as on this belt-driven roller conveyor. Courtesy: AutomationDirect Figure 1: Even if the user doesn’t know all the application details, there are built-in tools to help calculate numbers for some variables that may be harder to track down such as inertia. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation On the surface, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and computers are similar, but PLCs can perform discrete and continuous control functions that a computer can't. Courtesy: Automation Primer

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  • The latest industrial PCs from EFCO are equipped with slots for half- and full-size PCI Express mini cards that can be used to support wireless functionality. Courtesy: EFCO
  • Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. Courtesy: Schweitzer Engineering Labs

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Micro terminal blocks for machine, switchgear applications

Phoenix Contact's MP 1.5 micro terminal blocks with push-in connection terminal blocks accommodate the increasing miniaturization of machine, switchgear and control cabinet design.

Touchscreen controller with flexible IO

EZAutomation's EZTouch I/O flex is a compact touch-screen controller for various control applications.

The latest industrial PCs from EFCO are equipped with slots for half- and full-size PCI Express mini cards that can be used to support wireless functionality. Courtesy: EFCO

Compact industrial computers for IIoT applications

The SmartAIO U7-300 series computers from EFCO offer gateway connectivity for IIoT applications. » more

Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. Courtesy: Schweitzer Engineering Labs

Feeder protection relay for simplified monitoring

Schweitzer Engineering Labs' SEL-751 feeder protection relay is designed to let the user intuitively navigate to folders and applications with the tap of a finger and the appropriate security credentials. » more

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