Category: Internet of Things

Hardware Comparison: PanelView Plus 700 vs PanelView 1000 Selection Guide

In today’s connected factory, visualization and interaction through human machine interfaces (HMI) are critical components of any control system.  The PanelView family of HMI devices from Allen-Bradley is ideal for small, medium and large HMI systems.  By leveraging the power of these devices, HMIs become scalable, adaptable and perfect for managing critical data and machine…

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Hardware Comparison: Micro800 vs. MicroLogix PLCs

Perhaps the biggest difference in the two families lies in their software. Both software platforms allow ladder programming logic and workflow programming. They also both have custom data types, CIP messaging and sample code.
However, the CCW software in the Micro 800 family also has function block diagram (FBD), structured text (ST), motion control, variable based addressing and controller saved comments. Whereas, RSLogix 500 does not.

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Safety First! – MSR vs GSR Safety Relays – Hardware Comparison

In today’s manufacturing environments, few companies can remain competitive without extensive industrial automation.  Automation speeds processes, reduces errors, allows for precision manufacturing and ensures factory level control and maintenance over the system of production.  It also reduces operator fatigue by eliminating manual tasks thus improving quality. Just as important as the automation functions are the…

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Safety First! – Categories and Terms Part 2: Modern Machine Safety – Talk the Talk so you can Walk the Walk

In part 1, we discussed general safety terms and categories and covered the concept of risk. By understanding risk, we can determine a structure for the architecture needed to manage that risk. That structure will result in a controller that accomplishes all the tasks involved with the lowest acceptable risk to equipment and staff. In part 2, we will dig deeper into terms and categories to understand their impact on machine safety.

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DeviceNet and ControlNet, What’s the Difference?

Industrial automation applications range from straightforward to extremely complex depending on the industry.  For those just beginning their digital transformation, starting simple and then scaling as the value becomes evident is an accepted path.  For others with the technical skillset and IT infrastructure in place, more complicated data needs may dictate a broader and deeper…

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