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  • Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

    Microcontrollers versus PLCs: There’s a Clear Winner for Your Industrial Applications

    The world of single-board computers and microcontrollers offers interesting and inexpensive opportunities for automation applications, but can these components be trusted in critical production applications? The assortment of microcontrollers emerging in the “maker” world has been growing rapidly, with no signs of abating. These devices—including Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi and others—offer extraordinary capabilities, along with … Read More

  • AutomationDirect Adds Entry-Level 3-inch C-more Micro HMI Panels

    AutomationDirect Adds Entry-Level 3-inch C-more Micro HMI Panels

    Starting at $98, two new 3-inch C-more Micro HMI panels are now available from AutomationDirect. C-more Micro panels display text, graphics, and bitmaps to effectively communicate critical HMI data to the operator.

  • AutomationDirect Adds More Touch Panels to the C-more HMI Line

    AutomationDirect Adds More Touch Panels to the C-more HMI Line

    AutomationDirect’s C-more EA9 series of touch screen HMIs now includes a 10-inch widescreen model and a 15-inch base model touch panel.

  • Arduino versus BRX PLC in Industrial Automation Applications – Issue 38, 2017

    Arduino versus BRX PLC in Industrial Automation Applications – Issue 38, 2017

    In the world of garage or basement automation and robot builders, numerous low-cost microcontrollers and related software are used for real-time control. Arduino and Raspberry Pi are perhaps two of the most popular out of dozens of options (Figure 1). These open-source controllers are available from several suppliers, but using them in a real-time industrial … Read More

  • Efficient PLC Programming Driven by Programming Software – Issue 38, 2017

    Efficient PLC Programming Driven by Programming Software – Issue 38, 2017

    Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are available in a variety of sizes for applications big and small.  While the application’s hardware requirements often drive the PLC selection, the programming software’s capabilities should also be considered as it has a significant effect on program development.

  • PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

    PLCs Improve Controls of Radio Broadcasts – Issue 38, 2017

    Broadcasting is a high tech industry and much of it is cutting edge, such as Ethernet-based audio over IP. Our industry employs the latest technology in many areas, such as the use of coding algorithms for bit rate reduction and remote broadcasting. But when it comes to controlling the radio signals sent out by the … Read More

  • Copley High School’s Automation Success – Issue 38, 2017

    Copley High School’s Automation Success – Issue 38, 2017

    The Innovator team at Copley High School in Akron, Ohio needed to design a piece of equipment to snap caps together for Weaver Industries ProPak, a company that has been employing people with disabilities for about 40 years. With the existing assembly method, Weaver was struggling to meet production and contract requirements for component assembly.

  • Brainteasers – Issue 38, 2017

    Brainteasers – Issue 38, 2017

    Don’t let this issue’s Brainteasers get you tied up in knots! Sit back and relax with this invigorating round of puzzles and then be sure to impress your co-workers with your new found knowledge. If this set has you stumped, no worries just click the link at the bottom for the correct answers!

  • Brainteaser Answers – Issue 38, 2017

    Brainteaser Answers – Issue 38, 2017

    How’d you do? Now that you’ve had a chance to solve them it’s time to check your answers! We’re confident you got all or most of them correct. Whatever the case, we hope you enjoyed your mental break. Don’t fret we’ve already got next issues puzzles in the works and they’re sure to be as … Read More

  • Automation Control System Specification, Design & Installation | White Paper

    Automation Control System Specification, Design & Installation | White Paper

    This white paper is a general guide to the specification, design and installation of automated control systems. The information and references are presented in a logical order that will take you from the skills required to recognize an operation or process suited for automating, to tips on setting up a program, to maintaining the control … Read More