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Allen Bradley vs ABB PLCs

Every PLC manufacturer has their own way of presenting their line. And when comparing PLCs from different manufacturers, there is a lot of overlap between manufacturers. Some cover a wide range of automation system sizes with a dizzying array of offerings while others offer seemingly a smaller line that upon closer look covers the same…

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Hardware Comparison: PanelView Plus 7 vs the PanelView 550

The PanelView 550 Standard Terminal HMIs have been in service for many years. Introduced by Allen Bradley to facilitate factory automation and provide real-time actionable data to users and technicians, the 550 Standard was a workhorse. The units were sturdy and reliable and were scalable across a wide range of applications. As automation capabilities have…

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Variable Frequency Drives vs Variable Speed Drives

The use of motors in modern society is staggering.  It is estimated that motor systems alone account for as much as 47% of the world’s electricity usage.  Further, within manufacturing environments, industrial motor systems account for 70% of all electricity used.  Intersecting this reality is the fact that as technology in the form of software,…

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Tutorial: How to Change the IP Address on a PanelView Plus 7

Automation and control systems run the gamut from both simple to complex as well as small to large.  Allen Bradley’s PanelView Plus 7 was introduced to better visualization for larger and more complex applications.  In addition to best-in-class functionality, the PanelView Plus 7 offers a larger screen and much more processing power.  It also has…

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Hardware Comparison: Kinetix 5500 vs. 5700 Servo Drives

The Kinetix 5500 and 5700 series servo drives offer innovative responses to automation and motion control needs for any system.  Combined with the right Kinetix VP servo motors, these systems optimize space and are easier and simpler to use.  Because they integrate motion control on EtherNet/IP, a dedicated motion network is not required.  This allows…

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