FEATURED ARTICLESin Programmable Controllers
Highly Integrated Open Architecture Automation Controller
By Bill Lydon, Editor
At the 2015 ARC Forum in February Bedrock Automation demonstrated additional features to the company’s automation...
Is the PLC’s obituary premature?
By Marty Weil
Much has been made in recent times about the impending demise of PLCs, expected to meet their end as the inexorable...
Factory of the Future: From Vision to Reality
By Andy Chang, NI
The Factory of the Future is a research and technology initiative aimed to push emerging technologies to improve the...
Reinventing manufacturing with the latest technologies
By Bill Lydon, Editor
There is a great opportunity to leverage the latest technologies and compete in the global manufacturing landscape. The...
NEWSin Programmable Controllers
- eWON joins Rockwell Automation Encompass Program
- Energy Research Center Expands, Networks, Automates
- January Manufacturing Technology Orders Off
- Softing Receives OPC Certification
- Manufacturing Technology Orders up 3.1% in 2014
- Increased activity in multiple end-use industries rejuvenates global PLC market
- Global PLC Market coming back
- I/O modules performed better than control systems in 2013
- 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
PRODUCT NEWSin Programmable Controllers
Maxim introduces MAX14900E digital output switch
MAX14900E digital output switch increases throughput by up to 70x for PLCs, HVAC, and industrial equipment.
Beckhoff Releases CX8091 Local Controller
With OPC UA Client and Server, CX8091 can serve as data collector for comprehensive energy management in plant environments
Secomea adds WiFi to SiteManager
The WIFI can be used for connecting to the Internet via a local access point or for operating the device as a WiFi access point.
MEDIAin Programmable Controllers
RESOURCESin Programmable Controllers
Literature covers automation system options on injection molding, blow molding, and die casting machines.
FACTORY I/O is a real time automation sandbox where users can build and simulate industrial systems and use them with the most common automation...
PLCopen and OPC Foundation created an open standards ecosystem that simplifies the communications of packaging machines with other plant systems...
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
What’s New in Process Technology
Hamilton City Council implemented an upgrade with FactoryTalk software to the supervisory control and data...
Siemens Sinumerik CNCs, Simotics motors and Sinamics drives were installed at each lathe, with Simatic PLC and HMI as the master of the entire line.
The new press at North American Tillage was automated with a GuardLogix PAC, PowerFlex VFD, and EtherNet/IP network to fit into their automated...
EVENTSin Programmable Controllers
At the only congress focused on automation best practices for pipelines and Midstream facilities, speakers will unveil how to integrate new RTUs, PLCs and measurement devices with legacy systems, how to select and design a control system with the latest SCADA and DCS and how to ensure HMI meets PHMSA regulations
The Rockwell Automation TechED event provides 170+ hands-on labs, technical sessions and discussion forums. With the latest Rockwell Automation products and technology solutions on display, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of how the Integrated Architecture is information-enabling global companies.
The Summit will provide engineering and operational professionals, automation and operations management and senior-level executives with end user learning opportunities covering the complete spectrum of automation--from process and discrete to motion control and drives.
TRAININGin Programmable Controllers
Hands-On PLC Training Workshop starts with basics, moves on to troubleshooting, then PLC programming while writing an IEC-1131 compliant PLC program. (1.6 CEU) Free PLC & Trainer to every attendee.