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Industrial Open-source control – what you need to know!

As an online supplier, we take our customers’ feedback to heart and try our hardest to accommodate all wants and needs. But besides the valuable suggestions and requests our customers provide, we also pay close attention to industry trends, research studies, and surveys. Recently, there was one trend that stood out from the pack. One that had a lot of potential for our industry and was fast becoming the preferred method of up-and-comers. That trend was open-source control using single-board microcontrollers. Although originally intended for hobbyist and students, this method of automation easily crossed over into the industrial realm when industry professionals became aware of its capabilities and extremely low cost. But what do these single-board controllers offer? Are they better or worse than the industry standard PLC? Are they potentially dangerous? Do our customers want or need them? To answer these questions, we delved deeper into the world of open-source control and this content collection contains the articles, blog posts and videos that were created along the way.

In this collection you will read all about the pros and cons of open-source control with real-world controller comparisons. There are also discussions on what you need to know when coming from the PLC world, available open-source communities, and how our industrialized open-source controller, the ProductivityOpen, reliably takes open-source control into the industrial realm.


Why Product Testing and Certification Really Matters

Do you ever think about all those marks and logos on electronic equipment? You should, they’re your assurance of product quality. Read More –>


Can a Raspberry Pi Challenge a PLC?

Single-board consumer microcontrollers are popular with hobbyists, but how do they stand up to industrial PLCs for more advanced process control applications? Read More–>


ProductivityOpen – Maker In, Industrial Out

One of the most talked about new trends in industrial automation is the use of single-board microcontrollers. These controllers, along with their open-sourced programs, have begun to show up in industrial applications. Read More –>


Industrializing Open Source

Maker hardware and software is now available in industrially-hardened form factors, adding the reliability required for critical applications. Read More –>


PLC vs Industrial Open-Source Controller: What to Know for the PLC Guru

The Productivity®Open is an Industrial Open-Source Controller (Arduino-Compatible) control platform. This new take on the Arduino-compatible platform makes it possible to use the versatile open-source Arduino technology in the Industrial environment. Watch to learn more –>


Productivity Open Industrial Open-source Controller: First Arduino IDE Sketch

This video, will show how to how to get started with the Productivity Open and begin your first sketch through the Arduino IDE. Watch to learn more–>


Open-Source Controller: Productivity Blocks Graphical Based Programming

This video, will show how to how to get started with the Productivity Open and begin your first sketch through the Productivity Blocks graphical-based programming environment. Watch to learn more –>


Building an Add-On Module for the Automation Direct P1AM-100 Open-Source PLC

Check out this user’s experience with the P1AM-100! Read More –>