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To Fuse or Not to Fuse Individual I/O Points?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Sep 13, 2017 2:08:37 PM

The protection of individual I/O points is as important as the protection of any other control device. The use of fuses is one of the most fundamental decisions that needs to be taken by a protection engineer to ensure maximum safety as well as uptime for industrial assets.

Circuit breakers and fuses are two of the most widely-accepted types of protection. While circuit breakers have the benefit of reusability, the quicker operation of fuses make them an appropriate choice for I/O protection. In addition, fuses are better at blocking let-through energy, providing better protection for downstream devices. Therefore, wherever quickness is a priority, fuses should be preferred over other modes of protection.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Remote I/O

Knowing the Basics of PLCs

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 22, 2017 8:57:21 AM

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have been around for over 50 years and have established themselves as the preferred hardware for industrial automation. Several competitors have come along the way in the form of PCs, microcontrollers, etc. but none have been able to dent the reputation of the PLC.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends

Inside Machines: PC vs. PLC - Comparing Control Options

Posted by PanelShop.com on Aug 9, 2017 9:02:28 AM

The 1970s saw the introduction of PLCs or Programmable Logic Controllers, which would forever change the way automation is achieved in industrial environments. Known for its rugged design and scalable implementation, the PLC was adapted by all major manufacturers and to this day is the norm for industrial automation. Allen-Bradley, Omron, Siemens, AEG, etc. became the leaders in PLC manufacturing, and soon the controllers had the processing capability of a computer while withstanding harsh industrial conditions.

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Topics: PLCs, Custom Control Panels, Industrial Automation, Motors & Drives

Can Machines Benefit from Software Configurable I/O?

Posted by PanelShop.com on Jun 27, 2017 10:28:08 AM

Improving Efficiency & Speed in the Automation Industry

Parallel programming has always created issues for the the programming industry. Coming towards the pragmatic workings of the automation industry, the processes are often trapped within a loop that makes use of the same block of code iterative. Software configureable I/O is an up and coming concept regarding automation that can greatly improve the efficiency and speed of a process.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Remote I/O

The Potential Future of PLC's

Posted by PanelShop.com on Apr 27, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Automation not only cuts costs and saves time but instills reliability and precision within the system that has immediate and long-term benefits. Today home automation or hobby projects often conjure images of teenagers working on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and PIC, but the true struggle to make industries and large-scale systems independent began more than five decades ago.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation, Future Industry Trends

Ladder Logic 301: One Shots

Posted by John Ruth on Mar 17, 2017 1:48:09 PM

Ladder Logic 301: One Shots

Through this series on ladder logic, you have been given an introduction to the basics of ladder logic 101 and you have seen some of the upper level conceptual ideas behind the use of ladder logic in PLC systems. To end the series for now, it is necessary to add one more concept to the list, and that is the use of one shots to control signal durations.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Control System Integration

Posted by John Ruth on Mar 6, 2017 7:50:55 AM

 

Control system integration is key to improving industries and automation.  Automation has been increasing the use of more machines to complete tasks alongside of workers, which improves efficiency and quality of production.  However, these machines are dangerous and it is vital to have a control system in place to turn off and control the machines.  In the past, these control panels were separate for each machine, but newer technology is moving towards integrated larger control systems so more machines can be shut down or controlled from a central location.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Ladder Logic 202: Memory Organization

Posted by John Ruth on Feb 9, 2017 1:05:16 PM

In the last ladder logic article,  Ladder Logic 201, we began to see some of the interaction between PLCs and ladder logic, and that will continue now with a quick introduction to ladder and PLC memory organization and its benefits.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Ladder Logic 201- PLC Scanning

Posted by John Ruth on Feb 1, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Ladder Logic 201: PLC Scanning

In the beginning of this series of articles, you were introduced to the basics of the programming language ladder logic. With such fundamentals under the belt, it is time to move on to some higher level aspects of this tool, so you can see why it is so widely used in the manufacturing industry today.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Ladder Logic 102: The Pros and Cons

Posted by John Ruth on Jan 27, 2017 9:42:23 AM

Ladder Logic 102: The Pros and Cons

As we’ve seen in the previous article, Ladder Logic 101, choosing the right tool for your programming job is super important. We took a look at the conception and fundamentals of one of those tools, called ladder logic, and now we will finish the introduction to ladder with an overview of its pros and cons. Understanding what ladder does and doesn’t do best is key to getting the most use out of it, and should it be the programming method you choose to use for your project, you’ll want to know where it really shines.

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Topics: PLCs, Programming

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