FEATURED ARTICLESin Programmable Controllers
Cloud Computing vs. Field Controllers
By Bill Lydon, Editor
Some industrial automation vendors and computer technology providers are offering cloud services that include historians,...
Combined HMI+PLC Unit vs. Separate HMI & PLC System
By Don Pham, IDEC
Combining PLC processing and HMI monitoring and control into a single hardware platform is becoming a more available and popular...
Panel Meters Take on PLC Chores
By Hank Hogan
Because they've gotten smarter and have additional capabilities, panel meters now can take over some functions...
Industrial Controller Programming Top Needs
By Dan Hebert
Suppliers say the top five controller programming software features are ease of use, automatic connection to the...
NEWSin Programmable Controllers
- George Brown College updates PLC Technician II to 3D
- Eplan Electric P8 adds Mitsubishi's GX Works2
- Rockwell Automation helps NEIT build automation lab
- Omron opens new Headquarters near Chicago
- Schneider Opens Global R&D Center in Andover, MA
- Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in July
- Rockwell wants Nominations for Manufacturing Safety Excellence Awards
- World PLC Market dropped in 2013
- Manufacturing Technology Orders Rise in June
- Rockwell Automation to control nitric acid and ammonia plants
- Deutsche Messe says North American manufacturing is coming back
- Omron promotes Nigel Blakeway to CEO
PRODUCT NEWSin Programmable Controllers
B&R coats X20 controllers and modules
The "coated" controller and I/O modules are protected against condensation and corrosive gases by a special coating on the electronics module,...
Rockwell updates Studio 5000 Logix Designer Software
Enhancements in V24 include an application-centric view of code, enhanced work flows for more efficient re-use of content, and collaborative tools...
Rockwell Automation updates PlantPAx System virtually
Enhancements in PlantPAX include virtualization, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities.
MEDIAin Programmable Controllers
RESOURCESin Programmable Controllers
PLCopen and OPC Foundation created an open standards ecosystem that simplifies the communications of packaging machines with other plant systems...
Crimson-enabled products allow companies to easily integrate almost any PLC, PC or SCADA system for data collection, monitoring and control.
The PLC/Programming Learning Package provides Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) hands-on training for schools, universities, individual study and...
WHITE PAPERSin Programmable Controllers
By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface...
By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as...
By Dan Fenton, Phoenix Contact
Provides an overview on the differences between “soft” control systems and “real-time” control systems,...
CASE STUDIESin Programmable Controllers
Traditionally, body panels are inspected by using a robot to present the part to an array of proximity switches. Ford improved on this method by...
Ridgeline Pipe manufactures about 125 different PVC pipe products that vary in length, diameter, color, markings and other requirements....
IMA-PG India recently incorporated a complete automation solution in its PG Express blister packing machine for pharmaceutical...
EVENTSin Programmable Controllers
SPS IPC Drives is Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation. Meet suppliers of electric automation technology from around the world. Inform yourself about all products, trends and innovations within the industry. Trade fair and adjoining conference offer you the perfect platform to search the right solutions for your automation tasks.
SPS Automation India will be the Tradeshow where automation industry leaders present and explore technology application with users to publish latest technologies and market ready solutions. Display your products among sustainable automation solutions making operations cleaner, safer, secure and more energy efficient.
The symposium will bring together experts, from end users, , engineering consultants and supplier communities in a two-day symposium to cover the important issues of automation and their impact on the pharmaceutical (and food) industry.
TRAININGin Programmable Controllers
Dates TBD. This FREE one-day training class prepares the student to apply PROFINET in his own project. Lunch is included. Technical details of the technology are provided along with practical demonstrations. The class is designed for End Users, OEMs, System Integrators and Manufacturers of automation devices. Each student will receive a certificate for 5.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH).
Hands-On PLC Training Workshop (PLC: Programmable Logic Controllers). Start with basics move on to troubleshooting, then learn the foundations of good PLC programming while writing your first IEC-1131 compliant PLC program. (1.6 CEU) Free PLC & Trainer to every attendee.
The course will cover fundamentals of temperature, pressure, flow, and level measurements; process control loops and tuning, with process control exercises. Programmable Logic Controls (PLC), Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Fieldbus Technology, and final control elements will be presented and discussed. Local subject matter experts will serve as the instructors.