PLCs, PACs

Control system trends drive the future of automation by easier integration, connectivity, and advanced intelligences. Courtesy: L&T Technology Services
PLCs, PACs September 13, 2019

Future of industrial automation: discern the possibilities, potential

Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.

By Dr. Keshab Panda
PLCs, PACs August 29, 2019

Industrial controller cybersecurity best practices

Protecting industrial automation systems is easier when controllers offer built-in cybersecurity features.

By Benson Hougland
Up to four communication protocols, including leading IT protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and FTP, can be used simultaneously with high-performance HMIs. Courtesy: IDEC
PLCs, PACs August 29, 2019

Control system connectivity update

Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0 implementations need communication hubs, a role well-suited to PLCs and HMIs.

By Don Pham and Linda Htay
After the male and female snaps have been inserted, the UR5 places the fabric under a vision camera lens for quality inspection and sorts it in either a “good” or “reject” pile. Courtesy: Universal Robots
PLCs, PACs August 15, 2019

Do-it-yourself collaborative robotic project

Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

By Joe Campbell
Figure 2: The moving platen (yellow structure) is visible above the fixed lower bolster of the 2,430-ton Hoesch press. Courtesy: Delta Computer Systems Inc.
PLCs, PACs August 12, 2019

Motion controller gives old presses new life

Case study: Retrofit controller on four hydraulic presses used a new programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the moving platen and the levelling cylinders would be controlled by a new electrohydraulic motion controller.

By Bruce Coons
PLCs, PACs August 6, 2019

Safety and controllers

Safety and controllers are looked at from different angles in the August issue of AppliedAutomation.

By Jack Smith
Figure 1: Industrial controllers such as this traditional PLC/PAC, are typically installed in control panels local to the equipment or processes they monitor and automate. Courtesy: Opto 22
PLCs, PACs July 30, 2019

Evaluate controller options for industrial applications

Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.

By Benson Hougland
Courtesy: CFE Media
PLCs, PACs July 30, 2019

Making things work as part of the IIoT

Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process, which is vital for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

By Suzanne Gill
Figure 3: Specifying HMI operational parameters instead of a vendor allows OEMs to select HMIs with the best price-performance ratio. Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs May 28, 2019

Specifying performance instead of parts

Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids will cut costs, reduce lead time and guarantee operation.

By Bill Dehner
A controls and automation upgrade to this traverse winder included eight Siemens S120 Vector drive systems to uncoil, slit, and recoil copper. Six Siemens S120 Servo drive systems were used for traversing. Courtesy: Electronic Drives & Controls Inc.
PLCs, PACs December 13, 2018

Controls upgrade boosts machine productivity 40%

Machine running speed nearly doubled with greater product control, quick ROI.

By Chuck Dillard