Category: Controllers

PLCs, Computer control, DCS Systems, Microcontrollers

Panasonic PLCs

Today’s post is a guest post from my friend Tony, whose Factory Software Blog is an excellent resource for software, factory automation and… pens! Tony was a technical reviewer for my book Industrial Automation: Hands On and provides a different

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PLC Simulation Trainers

Today’s post is actually a video… I have mentioned before that I feel kind of like I’ve run out of things to write about. So this is a video I made about my new training equipment. I hope to start

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Advanced PLC Hardware and Programming

Hello all, I know its been a long time since I last posted, a lot going on here. Most importantly, my new book, Advanced PLC Hardware and Programming, is officially on sale! Final edits were done last week, and the

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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 modelsĀ 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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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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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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My New Trainers!

Well, its official. I have my first actual PLC trainers, in addition to the ones on the wall in My Little Factory. I think they’re awesome! They did take 8 weeks to build, but as more are made I think

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