Author: Frank

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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Ladder Logic 209: Faults and Messages

This post is another in my series on Ladder Logic. As with the other posts in this series, I am using generic logic and addressing so that it can apply to various PLCs. In previous posts in this series I

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Application: Sensor Choices 103

Today’s post concerns how sensor choices are made in real applications. I have written various posts on sensors in the past, and even participated in a Control Engineering webcast and forum last year on the topic. While I have covered

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Happy New Year! What Can I Teach You?

Hey, I know the holiday season is gone, but Happy New Year anyway! After all, the year is still pretty new and I’m sure everybody is excited and optimistic. Usually around this time of year I post my plans and

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Starbucks Roastery

A few weeks ago I made a trip to Seattle to visit my daughter Yuki and her family. She used to work at Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, and among other projects was involved in the design and startup of the Roastery, an

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Automation Update December 2017

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. While things are going pretty well for me right now, I’ve had a really rough past few months. I think the longest I’ve gone before without posting was a couple of weeks maybe,

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Loving Your Automation

This week’s post is not really on automation, or anything technical. A couple of days ago I visited a local plant at the invitation of a consultant who is working with their management team to improve their processes. While this

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