Newsletter Volume 24 Issue 12

In-House Automation is the Key to Customization
Manufacturers are finding they can rapidly and flexibly adapt to changing production needs by engaging in-house personnel to deploy automation solutions.
Automation is essential for improving productivity and quality, but many manufacturers serve markets where production volumes and product options vary drastically. 
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What is PID Control?
PID is the most common method for industrial closed-loop control. Despite the elegant mathematics behind PID loops, they are easily implemented with modern PLC technology. Closed-loop control, where a digital system monitors a measured value and then controls some device to accurately drive the process to a desired setpoint, is a fundamental strategy widely applied to equipment and processes.
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More SureFrame T-Slotted Rail Profiles
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Practical Motion Control Using Micro-PLCs
Designers working on smaller automation systems can now take advantage of advanced yet economical motion control by using micro-PLCs and stepper motors.
Motion control of electric motors has been possible for many decades, but typically has required integration of individual devices, making the technology expensive and complex, and only applicable for the most demanding applications.
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Upgrading Agricultural Automation
Bitmasked Automation is using modern PLCs and HMIs to revamp existing agricultural equipment automation systems, improving efficiency and adding advanced IIoT capabilities. Modern agriculture relies directly and indirectly on automated equipment for growing, processing, and transporting product. Bitmasked?s founder, Vinny Endres, grew up in a farming family and quickly learned how to keep things up and running.
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FREE Giveaway for You
This month you have a chance to win 1 of 25 ultrasonic proximity switches. Contest is open for approximately 1 week after the newsletter is sent and is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be contacted via email. 
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