Industrial process plant workers involved with motor controls back in the 1980s may remember them as huge electrical apparatuses, with rudimentary control capabilities.Today’s AC motor drives, occasionally called inverters but most commonly known as variable frequency drives (VFDs), are far more advanced and suitable for almost any application.
Glen Akins, Engineer and part time gadget builder, is back with another add-on for the P1AM-100 ProductivityOpen open-source controller. This time, Glen built an isolated RS-422/ RS-485 shield, loosely based on the Arduino MKR RS-485 shield but updated to use an ADM2582E 3.3 V isolated RS-485 transceiver from analog devices. This add-on gives RS-422 and R485 communication capabilities to the ProductivityOpen and can be housed inside the P1AM-PROTO prototyping enclosure.
Equipment operators and machine designers know pneumatic energy is relatively inefficient compared with electrical systems, but pneumatics offer many advantages. Pneumatics are a powerful and reliable energy source, and they can be cost-effective as a shared resource.
Pneumatic equipment is rugged and reliable, but it does not last forever. A problem with a $2 fitting can take down an entire production line, but when there is trouble a knowledgeable technician can save the day. Properly identifying pneumatic fitting and component sizes, especially on older equipment, is easier with these tips.
The C-more HMI programming software (EA9-PGMSW) is a user-friendly, Windows-based graphical editor for configuring all C-more EA9 HMI units.The C-more software provides numerous tools that will make your HMI development easy and effective. And the best part is you can now download it free of charge!
CAPTRON capacitive pushbuttons are activated without pressure, using a hand or other parts of the body. Sealed in special resin, these switches provide extremely high resistance to harsh environmental conditions, vandalism or chemical solvents. These switches can withstand temperatures in the range of -196°C to +2600°C without losing reliability. This video was created to illustrate the ruggedness of CAPTRON’s sensors in a humorous manner. Please do not attempt to duplicate these actions.