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Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March. Courtesy: Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc.

Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc., joins Control Engineering editorial advisory board

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Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have only been around for 50 years, but they have gone through a number of changes and evolutions that are paralleled with computers. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer

Origins of the programmable controller and its potential future

The programmable logic controller (PLC) went through a lot of trial-and-error in its early... » more

AutomationDirect has added the new BRX PLC platform to their line of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are available in four form factors: M series, 10-point series, 18-point series, and 36-point series. Courtesy: AutomationDirect

PLC platform for data logging, Ethernet communication

AutomationDirect has added the BRX PLC platform to their line of programmable logic controllers... » more

Connected to an AutomationDirect PLC, the InterConnecting Automation PLC Data logger (lower right) can download information via cable to a PC or by transferring the SD card. The data logger can collect up to 60 samples/sec. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Contro

PLC data logger for collecting historical, production, troubleshooting data

InterConnecting Automation's FC-LOG is a programmable logic controller (PLC) data logger that... » 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

Top 5 Control Engineering articles January 30 to February 5: IIoT advice, matrix VFD technology, choosing the best controller, more

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Figure 3: The new control platform can be deployed as a PLC, DCS, SCADA, or RTU, which allowed Clarksville to simplify and standardize on a secure control environment across all of its departments. Courtesy: Brown Engineers LLC

What controller fits your application?

Controllers available for modern applications include programmable logic controllers (PLCs),... » more

Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March. Courtesy: Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) have only been around for 50 years, but they have gone through a number of changes and evolutions that are paralleled with computers. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Primer AutomationDirect has added the new BRX PLC platform to their line of programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are available in four form factors: M series, 10-point series, 18-point series, and 36-point series. Courtesy: AutomationDirect Connected to an AutomationDirect PLC, the InterConnecting Automation PLC Data logger (lower right) can download information via cable to a PC or by transferring the SD card. The data logger can collect up to 60 samples/sec. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Contro 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 Figure 3: The new control platform can be deployed as a PLC, DCS, SCADA, or RTU, which allowed Clarksville to simplify and standardize on a secure control environment across all of its departments. Courtesy: Brown Engineers LLC

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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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