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PLC Infographic / Udemy

Last week I received an e-mail from a guy at a company called Udemy. He had stumbled across a post about Automation Direct from about a year ago and thought I might be interested in the infographic above. Sometimes when

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Advanced PLC and Industrial Training

I would like to make myself available to any company or group, worldwide, that desires truly advanced training in industrial automation-related fields.

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The Difference Between PLCs and Computers

What makes a PLC different from a typical computer? After all, computers are used to control things, they can even run a software PLC. This short video is part of the introduction to a new training course I am producing

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So… What Do You Do?

Hello from mushy Sacramento, CA. Flying in this afternoon the whole area looked like a big sponge, everything looked flooded out, and its still raining. And I thought there was a severe drought here… ********************************************** Most people have heard this

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Automation Training is Hiring!

As many of you know, for the past three years or so I have been teaching PLC, HMI and SCADA classes for Automation Training, a Canadian company. During that time I have visited many places and met a lot of

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Automation Simulation

In my quest to produce online training classes I have been investigating some of the different types of industrial automation and PLC simulators available. My intent here is to find two different things: 1. A PLC programming simulator that is

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Help Me Name My New Course!

More than a year ago I first mentioned that I was considering creating an online course for PLCs. At the time I had just discovered Udemy through another PLC course that was hosted there, but I became a bit disillusioned

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The Importance of Health and Safety Checks in Manufacturing and Engineering

In any workplace, health and safety should always be the top priority. Regardless of whether your facility is automated, health and safety should be paramount. The fact is that manufacturing and engineering industries have the most workplace accidents each year.

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Update on Projects – “Why haven’t you written more posts?”

I have been asked by a lot of readers, friends and associates lately about where I’m at on the various projects I’m involved in. There has also been an undercurrent of “why haven’t you posted lately?”, so I figured I’d

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Why BCD?

Computers hate decimal. I mean, just because we have ten fingers and ten toes, we think we can dictate what base other computing entities should think in. Well, it’s really quite inefficient when you think about it, its so easy

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Teaching the Teachers

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of teaching a Siemens S7 advanced class for Automation Training to some of the professors in my old home town of Knoxville. They were from several of the area colleges and vo-tech

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Teaching and Consulting

Four years ago I relaunched my old company, Automation Consulting Services, Inc. as Automation Consulting, LLC. For the first year or so I spent a lot of time contracting for machine builders and engineering firms, mostly writing PLC and HMI/SCADA

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