Author: Frank

Fischertechnik and PLC Trainers

Just an update on my PLC Trainer project. These are two of the Allen-Bradley Micrologix 1400 Trainers along with the Fischertechnik models I mentioned in my last post. The program and documentation for the Color Sorter, shown at left, is completed.

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New Training Demos

I mentioned in my last post that one of the projects I have been working on is to build less expensive, more functional training accessories than are currently on the market. The picture at the top of this post is

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Update – Excuses…

So I guess its pretty obvious I haven’t posted for a while… and I really don’t have any good excuses. Of course I still travel a lot, and I am still working on a lot of projects when I’m in

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Ladder Logic 306: Simulation

Today’s post relates to a new method I am using to teach some of my advanced classes. In a basic PLC training class, pushbuttons and pilot lights built into a trainer are used to complete exercises, usually in order to

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PLC Security

This post is another guest post from MRO Electric. I thought it was an interesting topic. ************************************************************************ PLC Security In The Heating Industry: Keep Your Friends Close, and Your Enemies Closer No one understood or more succinctly described strategies and

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Manufacturing Terms, Buzzwords and Acronyms

As part of a consulting project I am involved in, I have created a list of acronyms and terms that are used in manufacturing and industrial automation. These are terms and acronyms from Lean/Six-Sigma, controls, electronics, business software and general

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MRO – Moving HMI Designs

Today’s post is a guest post on HMI programming from MRO Electric, an automation product supplier. Designing HMIs for Mobile Devices Well-designed human-machine interfaces (HMI) reduce operator error, saving companies millions of dollars by reducing down-time and increasing worker safety.

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How To Design And Build A Small Controls Project

Today’s post is a response to frustration. Some times when dealing with potential customers you waste a lot of time trying to save them money. They may want you to cut corners, spend a lot of your time (for free)

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Hands On Training Equipment

This post is both an update on the status of “My Little Factory” and an article on some new fun trainers that I am working on. As you can see in the above picture, all of the hardware for the

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Ladder Logic 403: Message Scrolling and Multiple Faults

Today’s post is in answer to a question from Bruno on my last post on Faults and Messages. Bruno asks “If two faults happen at the same time, will this procedure work?” This is a more complex question than it

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