PLCs, PACs

IIoT, Industrie 4.0 April 7, 2021

Let IIoT do the dirty work: automating sewage treatment

Sewage treatment case study tracks early success, including accuracy and reliability

By Caitlyn Caggia
Courtesy: SICK, New Products for Engineers Database
Maintenance February 27, 2021

Taking the time out of function blocks

Software tools are speeding up the creation of IO-Link function blocks to enable the capture of more valuable process data from machine controllers. 

By Charlie Walker
Courtesy: Tesco Controls
PLCs, PACs December 12, 2020

Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code

By Raju Nair
Courtesy: PI North America
Automation September 25, 2020

Automated container terminal streamlines U.S. supply chain

The TraPac San Pedro Bay facility in Los Angeles is the first automated container terminal in North America, bringing more goods through the same footprint, with faster truck turn times and a 90% reduction in emissions

By Nelly Ayllon
Courtesy: Siemens Digital Industries Software
Commissioning September 3, 2020

How to validate machines with virtual commissioning

Virtual commissioning begins with a vision of the desired machine behavior and sequence of operation

By Bill Davis
Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs June 30, 2020

Moving toward self-assembly machine automation systems

Evolving PLC and PAC platforms, networking, and programming methods are leading to self-assembled machine automation systems, reducing risk and user integration efforts.

By Keith McNab
Courtesy: Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, www.controleng.com 
Power Quality June 3, 2020

COVID-19 emergency support for safety circuits, VFDs, vision, PLC power quality, SCADA

System integrators can provide emergency support for automation troubleshooting to shorten or prevent downtime, improve quality and save money as manufacturing restarts or continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Matt Ruth
Courtesy: AutomationDirect
PLCs, PACs May 4, 2020

Open-source benefits for industrial controllers

New controller options make it possible to add open-source features to industrial-grade automation. Think of industrial versions of Raspberry Pi or Arduino controllers.

By Bill Dehner
Courtesy: VIPA, New Products for Engineers Database
Machine Safety April 22, 2020

Is your legacy PLC failing you on food hygiene?

Take a look at how PLCs can help address hygiene and food safety issues.

By Edward Ralph
Figure 3: Realizing the benefit of providing an easy upgrade path, Emerson designed the latest RX3i platform to have the same footprint as existing 90-30 systems and accept both legacy and new I/O modules. Courtesy: Emerson
PLCs, PACs January 7, 2020

Modern controllers ease upgrades

Legacy industrial automation systems must eventually be ripped and replaced or upgraded. See four challenges and five benefits of upgrades using modern controllers.

By Vibhoosh Gupta