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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

Ladder Logic 101- The Basics

Posted by John Ruth on Jan 17, 2017 9:16:00 AM

Ladder Logic 101: The Basics

Anyone who has worked in automation software knows that using the right tool for the job is essential to a successful and worthwhile implementation. Recognizing this, software vendors often allow multiple programming methods to be used with their software. These fundamentally different models of computation let programmers select the most appropriate tool for their tasks, such as ladder logic.

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Topics: PLCs, Programming

PLCs, PACs, and IPCs: What's the Difference?

Posted by Javan Kalmar on Jan 11, 2017 8:54:06 AM

Until the late 1960s, large relays were the best option for controlling automation machines. They were expensive, difficult to work with, and horrible for troubleshooting. Then came along a new technology that could fix all of that, programmable logic controllers (PLCs). This allowed manufacturers to easily program controllers that were much smaller and cheaper than the old, clunky relays. The rise of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) led to the creation of other controllers such as programmable automation controllers (PACs) and industrial PCs (IPCs).

 

Each of these different controllers are used today for certain tasks. There are many factors to deciding what controller to use on a project.

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Topics: PLCs, Industrial Automation

Troubleshooting Your PLC

Posted by Javan Kalmar on Dec 5, 2016 8:05:12 AM

Programmable Logic Controllers have revolutionized automation since they appeared forty years ago. They have proven themselves more reliable than the plethora of relays that they replaced, using reprogrammable digital logic to make troubleshooting easy. But when something is going wrong on the floor and you have to figure out what it is, it would be great to know how to find the problem. Luckily, you have PLCs which you know are easy to troubleshoot!

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Topics: PLCs, Remote I/O

Beyond the Present of the PLCs

Posted by Javan Kalmar on Sep 22, 2016 12:59:37 PM

If you were in the manufacturing and automation industry during and before the 1960’s you likely had a couple of problems. First was the music, and second was that every machine was hardwired through relays. But all was solved with Creedence Clearwater Revival and the PLC.

Although these solutions were simultaneous, there’s a big difference between the two: where CCR reached a peak and faded out relatively quickly, PLCs are still getting better after 50 years of being around. With the industry of consumer electronics ever-improving, the programmable logic controllers are following in line and continuously becoming smaller, better, faster, and stronger.

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Topics: PLCs

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