Category: Selection Guide

Hardware Comparison: Micro800 Selection Guide

Continuing our article series on Programmable Logic Controller selection, we’ll look next at Rockwell Automation’s line of Allen-Bradley Micro800 PLCs.  These controllers are particularly well positioned to tackle basic single-machine control, offering a versatile range of form factor, expansion, and connectivity options.  Despite their modest cost and size, the Micro800 series is packed with advanced…

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Allen Bradley HMI Selection Guide

Allen Bradley has long offered an extensive line of HMI products for any application. From standalone machines to complex control systems integrating entire operations, they provide reliable, accurate, and robust HMIs for any need. These HMIs allow operators, system designers, and technicians access to real-time machine conditions and process status by choosing the appropriately sized…

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Hardware Comparison: Allen Bradley Servo Motor Selection Guide

Today’s motion control systems require motors that do many different things, such as precise positioning or controlled torque. Servo motors allow for better control of these conditions by allowing a high rpm spin at low torque yet slowing down and increasing torque as states require.   With position sensors, encoders, and gearing, microcontrollers can sense the actual…

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Hardware Comparison: MicroLogix 1400 Selection Guide

As the de facto standard for industrial programmable logic controllers, Rockwell Automation’s line of Allen-Bradley PLCs covers the full spectrum of application scales, from hobbyist to multi-site systems.  In this article, we’ll examine one of the most popular and cost-effective PLC options in Allen-Bradley’s catalog: the MicroLogix 1400 family.       MicroLogix Family Overview The MicroLogix…

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Hardware Comparison: Allen Bradley VFD Selection Guide

Allen Bradley’s VFD solutions cover a wide range of sizes and applications for any control and automation needs through its PowerFlex® VFD family. The PowerFlex® family of drives is divided into low voltage and medium voltage solutions depending on size, scale and complexity of system requirements. Low voltage VFDs are divided into two categories, compact and architecture class.

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Hardware Comparison: MPL Servo Motor Selection Guide

Motion control sits at the heart of most manufacturing and warehousing applications.  With accurate motion control, system designers can create closed loop, efficient systems that optimize performance across a wide range of industries.  One common requirement for many systems is for low inertia servo motors. Depending on the final product or application, low inertia servo…

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