I/O Systems, I/O Modules

Figure 3: An HTTP instruction, such as this HTTPCMD block in an AutomationDirect BRX PLC, enables a PLC to initiate a request to an internet website API to obtain data. AutomationDirect Do-more Designer Software has the necessary instructions. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs July 1, 2019

Benefits of connecting a PLC to the internet

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are now gaining information technology (IT) abilities to interact directly with the internet, creating new automation and information possibilities.

By Bill Dehner
The Raspberry Pi allows for simple connectivity for communication and data collection and can serve as a useful and inexpensive alternative in the manufacturing space. Courtesy: Avanceon
Mobility June 29, 2019

Using mobile devices for communication, data collection

Mobile devices like Raspberry Pi are an inexpensive alternative for controllers in the manufacturing space and can be useful for particular input/output (I/O) applications.

By Brian Fenn
Older architectures for mobile access present problems, but newer implementations provide greatly simplified solutions. Courtesy: Opto 22
Mobility June 13, 2019

Finding common ground between industrial automation and mobile technology

Mobile technologies are challenging traditional data handling practices as they move into the industrial arena.

By Benson Hougland
Jason Urso, Honeywell Process Solutions vice president and chief technology officer, provided a technology overview at the 2019 Honeywell Users Group Americas meeting in Dallas on June 10, explaining how the new Honeywell Control Hive concepts will eliminate hundreds of steps by simplifying and automating control system implementation. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering, CFE Media
Process Manufacturing June 11, 2019

Integrated virtual control system announced for processing, oil and gas applications

Honeywell unveiled Experion PKS Highly Integrated Virtual Environment (HIVE), which is designed to help engineers maintain industrial control systems (ICSs) for chemical, processing, and oil and gas applications and simplify the overall process.

By Honeywell
Harting to be a collaborative partner in a development project to retrofit legacy protocol plastic injection molding machines with an integrated Industrie 4.0 digital control system that is also linked with its factory-wide MES/ERP system. Courtesy: Harting/Control Engineering Europe
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 June 8, 2019

Retrofitting Industrie 4.0 for digital control systems

Ypsomed, a medical technology company, was able to retrofit Industrie 4.0 digital control systems onto its legacy plastic injection molding machines.

By Suzanne Gill
TDK Corporation's DRM40 series DIN rail mount redundancy modules is designed for industrial process control, factory automation, battery chargers, and test and measurement equipment applications. Courtesy: TDK
I/O Systems, I/O Modules May 2, 2019

DIN rail mount redundancy module

TDK Corporation's DRM40 series DIN rail mount redundancy modules is designed for industrial process control, factory automation, battery chargers, and test and measurement equipment applications.

By TDK Lambda-Americas
ASCO's 5101 engine start modules continually monitor the operability of engine start signal circuits to ensure that engine-generators will receive start signals when emergency power is needed and also start engine-generators as soon as start circuit faults are detected. Courtesy: ASCO Power Technologies
I/O Systems, I/O Modules April 30, 2019

Engine start modules

ASCO's 5101 engine start modules continually monitor the operability of engine start signal circuits to ensure that engine-generators will receive start signals when emergency power is needed and also start engine-generators as soon as start circuit faults are detected.

By ASCO Power Technologies
Control Engineering 2019 Engineers' Choice Awards
Automation February 22, 2019

Help for automation design, selection, implementation

Automation product design, system integration, and application advice follows from some of the 2019 Engineers’ Choice winners.

By Mark T. Hoske
Figure 2: One-cable technology (OCT) minimizes cabling concerns by providing power and signal for HMI hardware, servo systems and other field components through a variety of connector types. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Machinery and Equipment December 7, 2018

The best cable management strategy is foresight in selecting components

Reduce or eliminate unnecessary cables through pluggable I/O terminals and one-cable strategies in control cabinets and machines.

By Sree Potluri
Festo's CPX-FB36 is designed to provide analytics for devices with valve terminal health and diagnostic details and provides pneumatic response of a system when combined with an intelligent energy efficiency module. Courtesy: Festo
I/O Systems, I/O Modules November 6, 2018

Module for providing valve terminal health and diagnostics

Festo's CPX-FB36 is designed to provide analytics for devices with valve terminal health and diagnostic details and provides pneumatic response of a system when combined with an intelligent energy efficiency module.

By Festo Corporation