Original air date November 11, 2021

PLCs and other controllers in an IIoT world


Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing concepts are familiar to architects of industrial automation and controls. How are programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial PCs (IPCs), embedded controllers, programmable automation controllers (PACs), smart input/output (I/O) modules, other logic devices and related software helping IIoT promises envisioned? If an application needs a controller, what kind should be considered and why? Does IIoT imply cybersecurity and interoperability or are those separate considerations? What about scalability and growth versus a “set it and forget it” design? Are you asking the right questions? Will you have the right answers when someone else asks?

Learning objectives:

  • Examine how industrial logic devices such as PLCs, IPCs, embedded controllers, PACs, smart IO modules, combination controller/human-machine interfaces and others have adapted to the needs of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing initiatives.
  • Review often-used terms, such as scalability, programming flexibility and interoperability, as they relate to industrial controllers.
  • Determine what to look for in a PLC, IPC, or other controller to match application needs.
  • Learn cybersecurity considerations of industrial controllers.
  • See how applications and lesson-learned examples can help with controller selection.

Presented By:
Kevin Gibson, senior controls engineer, Applied Manufacturing Technologies
John Shipley, Senior Electrical Engineer, Patti Engineering

Moderated By:
Mark Hoske, Content Manager, CFE Media and Technology

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