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Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors
June 27, 2019

Improving the Efficiency and Reliability of Water Systems with Variable Speed Pumps and Pressure Sensors

By Daniel Mullen, Sensata Technologies
Distributing water on a large scale has been a challenge that the world has tackled for decades. It is a particular challenge in high-rise buildings, and with a trend for designers to build up in urban areas, rather than out, it is a challenge that has become a new focus for design engineers.

How Will the PLC Market be Impacted by the Manufacturing Slowdown?
March 12, 2019

How Will the PLC Market be Impacted by the Manufacturing Slowdown?

By Tim Dawson, Interact Analysis
With the manufacturing sector facing a bleak outlook in 2019, this paper shares projections for the growth and development of the programmable logic controller (PLCs) market in key countries and industries

Calculating Acceleration for Linear Motion
February 22, 2019

Calculating Acceleration for Linear Motion

By H2W Technologies
Determining the right motion control solution may require some calculations to match the specifications found on a given motors data sheet.

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging
September 20, 2018

Guide to Saving Time with Intelligent Data Logging

By CAS Dataloggers
With advances in technology and computing power, modern data loggers can reduce the amount of time and effort required to extract critical information. These "intelligent" data loggers incorporate several features that allow them to go well beyond the functionality of a traditional data logger to help zero in on what the user is looking for

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback
September 17, 2018

Position Sensor Technology Comparison for Hydraulic Cylinder Feedback

By Edward E. Herceg, Alliance Sensors Group
The strengths and weaknesses of magnetostrictive, variable resistance, and variable inductance sensors are examined in this white paper, along with a chart for feature-by-feature comparisons.

What's the Use of the IIoT?
July 10, 2018

What's the Use of the IIoT?

By Radley Corporation
The IIoT connects devices with the digital world to provide data visibility. But the real value of the IIoT lies in how that data will be used by industry to realize the potential benefi ts of this connectivity.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices
March 14, 2018

IIC Endpoint Security Best Practices

This white paper from the Industrial Internet Consortium recommends best practices for endpoint security in industrial applications under the broader scope of industrial internet security. The basis for this document is the detailed analysis in the various industrial guidance and compliance frameworks that already exist

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper
January 18, 2018

Bedrock Automation releases ICS Cyber Security Best Practices white paper

The 20-page document, Securing Industrial Control Systems - Best Practices, covers the threat landscape and presents a holistic approach to defending it, including assessing risk, physical security, network security, workstation and server security, as well as the fundamentals of OSA.

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System
January 16, 2018

Determining the Best Wireless Frequency for Your Remote Monitoring and Control System

By Scott Keller, Founder, CEO, CTO, SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
While ideal for short range building and plant environments, 2.4 GHz systems have limitations when performing in outdoor applications. A lower frequency is much better and a 915 MHz system provides a more reliable data transmission over longer ranges in more challenging environments.

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0
September 15, 2017

The Best Fieldbus For Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared For Industry 4.0

By Kingstar
This white paper will explore Fieldbus options by providing a description of distinguishing features of each standard, comparing the performance and price/performance, and by tabulating market adoption rates.

The Impact of the IoT Demystified
July 21, 2017

The Impact of the IoT Demystified

By Cees Links, Qorvo
The IoT (Internet of Things) is a modern-day buzzword with lofty expectations to have a profound impact on society. But what is it, how will we use it and what will that impact be?

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0
May 02, 2017

The Best Ethernet Protocol for Your PLC: 5 Fieldbuses Compared for Industry 4.0

By Jerry Leitz, KINGSTAR
One of the primary benefits of a PC-based PLC is the ability to choose a flexible and scalable network that can serve as the foundation to an open, integrated “plug-and-play” platform for future needs like motion control and machine vision. But with so many standards competing to be most viable and valuable, which protocol should you choose?

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control
December 28, 2016

Discussing the Power of Configurable Process Control

By Anthony Borges, Pinpoint Information Systems
The power of an MES System or configurable process control system is now well beyond that of what can be accomplished with PLCs alone.

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation
December 06, 2016

Modular Panel PCs Provide Flexibility in Automation

By Joseph Yang, Advantech
Many other automation technologies such as programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are already modular, so the concept of a modular IPC is a natural fit for industry.

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach
October 20, 2016

Protecting Industrial Control Systems: An Integrated Approach

By RKNeal, Inc.
The purpose of this whitepaper is to present a novel cybersecurity framework for deploying and managing cyberthreat management products across multiple OEM vendors.

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice
August 17, 2016

Industrial PCs - Making the Right Choice

By Advantech
Today's automation designers and engineers are faced with a variety of hardware platforms to choose from. This whitepaper intended to help show which platforms are ideally suited for specific roles.

Remote Services for PLCs
February 04, 2016

Remote Services for PLCs

By Sina Kopacz, MB Connect
White paper describes MB Connect's remote service platform that allows direct monitoring of machinery and equipment withweb-based visualization that can be displayed on any tablet, smartphone or computer with a standard browser.

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Extensive remote services for PLCs
November 16, 2015

Extensive remote services for PLCs

By MB Connect
White paper explains how the remote service platform mbCONNECT24 V2.1 not only provides 1:1 connections between the machine and PLC programmers, but also the direct monitoring of machinery and equipment.

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Improving the Ins and Outs of the Digital Factory
May 28, 2015

Improving the Ins and Outs of the Digital Factory

By Robert Gee, Maxim Integrated
Designs of digital input and output modules for automated industrial controllers have, historically, been discrete in nature. Industry 4.0, the next revolution in the way factories run, will demand not only cloud control, but also faster throughput to maximize efficiency and profits. This white paper has practical information on building the PLCs customers want.

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)
October 30, 2014

SDI-12 Protocol Provides Benefits in Environmental Data Acquisition (EDA)

By Cindy Hollenbeck, SoftPLC
SDI-12 stands for serial data interface at 1200 baud. It is a standard communications protocol to interface controllers, computers or data loggers with micro-processor based sensors, typically designed to read environmental type measurements.

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency
September 10, 2014

Processor Power and Energy Efficiency

By Jason Horine, AutomationDirect
More components in microprocessors eliminates the need for additional external automation components, such as data loggers, math co-processors, communication cards, PID controllers and more. White Paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components creates lower costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.

What Makes a Soft PLC?
April 10, 2014

What Makes a Soft PLC?

By Dan Fenton, Phoenix Contact
Provides an overview on the differences between “soft” control systems and “real-time” control systems, including a brief description of control systems with an emphasis on PC-based control, the jargon surrounding these PC-based systems, “real time,” and examples demonstrating different use cases.

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications
December 04, 2013

Cooling Electrical Panels in Waste Water Treatment Applications

By Noren Products
Thermal management of electronic enclosures is important to protect automation and process controls as well as transformers, VFDs and PLCs. The water industry has a unique advantage with its ability to employ easily available sources of water for use in air to water panel coolers.

How PLCs and PACs Can Provide Affordable Data Acquisition
September 16, 2013

How PLCs and PACs Can Provide Affordable Data Acquisition

AutomationDirect's “PLCs and PACs Simplify Data Acquisition” explains how businesses benefit from the in-depth information that PLCs and PACs can provide on processes, machines and manufacturing operations.

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The integrated HMI-PLC
June 09, 2013

The integrated HMI-PLC

By Rich Harwell, Eaton
A combination HMI-PLC plays a pivotal role in the design of a truly lean automation solution, providing a host of benefits throughout the life cycle of machine automation. For OEMs and control engineers alike, this means that it is easier to build smaller, smarter machines faster.

March 19, 2012

Maximize the Success of Your Control System with Object-Oriented Design

Automation.com, March 2012

By Rick Slaugenhaupt, TechMinder Consulting

Object-orientation is the technique of bundling code into individual software objects. Numerous benefits result from this and, in turn, those benefits streamline the effort of creating a rock-solid control system solution.

November 21, 2011

The Better Way to Choose a Process Automation Solution

Automation.com, December 2011

By ABB

Describes the thinking that went into developing the ABB Process Automation Decision Tool.

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PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options
November 03, 2011

PC vs. PLC: key factors in comparing control options

Automation.com, November 2011

By Bosch Rexroth

When deciding whether to choose a PLC or PC, analyze and compare characteristics that could differentiate the two technologies such as operation, robustness, serviceability, hardware integration, security, safety, programming and cost.

Waste Water Treatment Control
September 30, 2011

Waste Water Treatment Control

Automation.com, October 2011

By Hollysys

Paper describes how a typical municipal waste water treatment operates - including mechanical treatment, biological and chemical treatment, sludge treatment and the instrumentation involved - and how a PLC-based control system, Profinet and Ethernet handle it all.

September 26, 2011

PLC-Based Robotic Controls Versus OEM Robotic Controls

The white paper explores the differences between the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) based robotic control systems, and guides decision makers through different applications.

The Perils of a DIY Distributed Control System
September 21, 2011

The Perils of a DIY Distributed Control System

Automation.com, September 2011

By Tim Sweet, Honeywell Process Solutions

For certain industries, a distributed control system (DCS) provides substantially more value as the basis for automating the plant than a programmable logic controller (PLC)-based system. When PLCs and HMI software packages are integrated, the result looks a lot like a DCS. But, all is not as it seems.

June 14, 2011

Control Level Network Resiliency Using Ring Topologies

Automation.com, June 2011

By Joseph C. Lee and Jessica Forguites, Rockwell Automation

Many Ethernet applications require some level of network resiliency – such as a critical operation or an installation with a vulnerable cabling system. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Link Aggregation and proprietary Ring protocols are all technologies available to build a fault-tolerant network on Ethernet.

Boost Your PLC System: Advanced Analysis and Control
June 07, 2011

Boost Your PLC System: Advanced Analysis and Control

By National Instruments

In a typical PLC-based system, an input value is often compared to a set point for a binary result that turns on a light, opens a hatch, starts the conveyor, and so on. This level of functionality works well in most straightforward applications. However, more advanced control systems require additional analysis through signal processing and advanced decision making to calculate meaningful data before adjusting the output values.

Boost Your PLC System: High-Performance Analog Measurements
May 19, 2011

Boost Your PLC System: High-Performance Analog Measurements

By National Instruments

We live in an analog world and we often find ourselves in need of high-performance analog measurements as we push the limits of automation technology. Can PLCs keep up?

May 03, 2011

Why doesn’t everyone use remote access?

Automation.com, May 2011

By Frank Hurtte, River Heights Consulting

The question we would like to explore is pretty simple. Back 20 years ago it was significant, today it’s huge. To illustrate the point, let’s look at what might happen when a special machine builder experienced issues in the field.

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September 01, 2010

Increasing Productivity With Programmable Automation Controllers

By GE Intelligent Platforms

OEMs and end users in the rapidly changing automation industry can leverage the advantages of PAC technology to increase productivity. This white paper discusses some key PAC features and the advantages they can provide, helping users understand the depth of control system capability they may want to look for to meet their current and future application needs.

Determining the Best Controller for Your Small System
July 22, 2010

Determining the Best Controller for Your Small System

By Honeywell

When choosing the type of control system for a particular application, there are many considerations that influence the decision. A DCS is designed for process control and a PLC is designed for machine or motion control. Here’s how to choose the right system for the job.

July 22, 2010

Solutions for Small Specialty Chemical Sites

By Honeywell

White paper describes Honeywell’s Experion LS solution for small batch manufacturing sites.

April 07, 2010

High Availability for Non-Traditional Discrete and Process Applications

By Bill Black, GE Intelligent Platforms

The principle behind a high availability control system is to double the individual system components and pass over control from the “active” controller to the “backup” controller at the moment of failure. Here’s how GE’s PACSystems does it.

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