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What is a PLC?

What is a PLC?

PLC Definition Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are often defined as miniature industrial computers that contain hardware and software used to perform control functions. More specifically, a PLC would be used for the automation of industrial electromechanical processes, such as control of machinery on factory assembly lines, amusement rides, or food processing. They are designed for multiple ... Read More
 
PLC Communications – Coming of Age

PLC Communications – Coming of Age

PLC communications has grown and changed over the many years since the controller’s inception decades ago. Industrial needs and technological advances have kept PLC communications evolving, and this post will explore some past and present communication standards, and what the future may hold. PLC Partners in Communications PLCs need to communicate to a number of different ... Read More
 
Why Engineers Need PLC Training

Why Engineers Need PLC Training

Ok, I have a question for you: what do American flags, hot dogs and sparklers have in common? Give up? Well, besides every Fourth of July ever, they all use automation in some way during the manufacturing process. Automation is everywhere and has taken a pivotal role in today’s industrial age making many companies dependent ... Read More
 
5 Reasons for In-House PLC Knowledge

5 Reasons for In-House PLC Knowledge

Managers and business owners everywhere are always looking for ways to keep operating costs down to stay viable in a highly competitive world. And for many industries, automation has become that way. Investing in a control system application can provide lower operational costs and therefore higher bottom lines. But your return on investment can be ... Read More
 
How to Choose a Controller

How to Choose a Controller

Choosing the most effective controller for your application depends on a number of factors. The worksheet below serves as a checklist of things to consider when determining programmable controller requirements. It lists the most important areas to consider when choosing a system, as well as provides space for recording determinations of your system needs. To ... Read More
 
Sinking and Sourcing Concepts

Sinking and Sourcing Concepts

When choosing the type of input or output module for your PLC system, it is very important to have a solid understanding of sinking and sourcing concepts. Use of these terms occurs frequently in discussion of input or output circuits. It is the goal of this post to make these concepts easy to understand, so
 
Equipment Specification Template

Equipment Specification Template

So you found a task that you’d like to automate but you need a way to sort out what pieces are needed and how they fit together. At this phase of development, organization is key. When specifying a project, staying organized can keep you on track and help you see the big picture. Flow charts, ... Read More
 
Precise Motion Control Gives Famous Vessel New Life

Precise Motion Control Gives Famous Vessel New Life

A piece of Cold War history uses automation for precise control of its floating dry dock. Less expensive components and in-house engineering allowed for a more advanced system. A covered dry dock, with a history worthy of spy novels and action movies, recently received a sophisticated automation motion control upgrade from its previous all-manual controls. ... Read More
 
Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Powerful & Affordable Industrial Controls!

Our Controllers are more than just “Standard!”  – We know it’s not easy to make a change in control products, but we think that we can provide enough value for you to make it worth your while. Please take some time and check out these powerful Application Stories that speak to the quality and ease of use ... Read More
 
DG Controls

DG Controls

In this issue of Automation Notebook, we introduce you to Dan Gulley of DG Controls in York, Alabama. With over 30 years of designing and troubleshooting industrial machine controls and system integration, they are experts when it comes to custom control panels and retrofitting equipment. How did you get started in your Controls/Engineering career? My ... Read More