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I/O Systems, I/O Modules

Integrated safety can extend beyond I/O terminals and implement safety logic directly in servo drives and other components in the field. Courtesy: Beckhoff Automation
Machine Safety July 2, 2019

Converging safety, non-safety systems increases scalability, flexibility

Integrating safety systems into a machine’s standard control platform simplifies operations, increases diagnostic capabilities and creates safer work environments for engineers and end users.

By Sree Swarna Gutta
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
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
Opto 22's groov serial I/O module, the GRV-CSERI-4, is designed to plug into a groov EPIC chassis alongside the groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller (EPIC) and discrete and analog I/O modules. Courtesy: Opto 22
I/O Systems, I/O Modules November 6, 2018

Four-port serial communication module

Opto 22's groov serial I/O module, the GRV-CSERI-4, is designed to plug into a groov EPIC chassis alongside the groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller (EPIC) and discrete and analog I/O modules.

By Opto 22
Events and Awards October 11, 2018

Vote now for 2019 Engineers’ Choice Finalists

The official ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers, for a limited time. Review finalists and vote by using CFE Media's New Products for Engineers platform. (Voting closed Jan. 4, 2019.)

By Amanda Pelliccione