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Jumping on the “stage” wagon

Jumping on the “stage” wagon

The Technical Support Team at AutomationDirect receives a large number of calls on RLL Plus (Relay Ladder Logic Plus) programming, also known as “Stage” programming. Most of the callers want to understand how and when it should be used. The short answer to the “when” question is that it depends on the process that is ... Read More
 
Turbine Generator Application Uses Terminator I/O

Turbine Generator Application Uses Terminator I/O

Turbine Diagnostic Services (TDS) is a power generation field service company that provides industrial, utility, independent power producers, and municipality power generation systems for turbine generator applications. The company’s TurboNet DASH 1® Control System is a complete DCS-structured turbine generator control system, developed to meet the needs of customers looking for a stable, “crash-free” system ... Read More
 
Business Notes – Issue 1, 2004

Business Notes – Issue 1, 2004

From Conference Board.org The Institute for Supply Management publishes a monthly survey of purchasing and supply managers regarding the activity in the manufacturing sector. According to their index, the manufacturing sector was recovering through March and this survey is likely to show more of the same results for April and May. “With both investment growth ... Read More
 
Product Snapshots – Issue 1, 2004

Product Snapshots – Issue 1, 2004

We have added several exciting products since our last edition of the Automation Notebook. Here are some highlights about some of those new products including: A new line of wire duct and associated accessories, and Two series of Cirronet Inc. wireless modems. AutomationDirect now Offers Wire Duct and Accessories Cumming, GA — April 15, 2004 — AutomationDirect® has added ... Read More
 
“Learn it on the Web!”

“Learn it on the Web!”

The economy of the past three years has caused many businesses to exercise tighter control on their expenditures in areas such as travel to trade shows and expenses for training seminars or conferences. This comes at a time when it is more critical than ever for engineering and plant personnel to stay abreast of new ... Read More
 
HMIs and PC Control: Upwardly Mobile With Upscale Connections

HMIs and PC Control: Upwardly Mobile With Upscale Connections

Remember when you had to be an artist to design HMI faceplates that resembled your process? Remember configuring your HMI software by filling in cryptic addresses and values, something resembling the Microsoft® Windows™ registry? Remember when your HMI was a dedicated system that only connected to a single process? Or when it was cool to ... Read More
 
PLC, PC, or Custom – Which Control Choice Is Right For You?

PLC, PC, or Custom – Which Control Choice Is Right For You?

Choices and change are the only constants in control system technologies today. Current industrial controller products can no longer be classified by the internal design architecture they possess. More often than not, any type of modern controller uses some portion of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technology in its CPU, operating system, memory, or data ... Read More