Welcome to The Automation Primer, the culmination of one of my biggest professional goals: to share my hard-won knowledge from years of experience in automation technology. When I began writing my book, there simply wasn’t something like this out there — a free community-focused resource dedicated to automation concepts and terminology.
Industrial automation is tricky: the theoretical requirements are great, but the practical knowledge necessary is even greater. The traditional ways of teaching automation simply don’t transfer the practical knowledge you obtain after years of experience. Sure, you can learn a lot of mathematical and scientific concepts that will give you an excellent theoretical understanding of the field, but which fail to provide the necessary practical knowledge that normally comes from years of trial-and-error.
On this site, you’ll find samples of my book, Industrial Automation: Hands On, published by McGraw-Hill Professional, a complete tutorial on industrial automation.
You’ll also find user-submitted articles and blog posts that run the gamut of automation techniques and tips. Have something to add to the discussion? Want to promote your product or site? Contribute an article. I’ll edit, format, and publish it with full attribution to you.
This is the site I wished for when I was getting started in automation.
Author of Industrial Automation: Hands On
I also provide automation systems and services through my company Automation Consulting, LLC, located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Some of the subjects you will find covered on this site: Industrial Automation, machine design, control systems, software and programming, PLCs and HMIs, SCADA, motion control, robotics, sensors including proxes and photoeyes, systems integration, Six Sigma/Lean Manufacturing, packaging machinery, material handling and conveyors, machine vision, metalforming machinery, jobs and trades related to the automation industry, assembly machines, gauging and a host of other subjects. If you see something missing, let me know!