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Birth of the Programmable Controller

Today’s post is extracted from my new “generic” PLC course manual, PLC Hardware and Programming – Multi-Platform. In the manual, I also cover the origins of the computer, beginning with the Babbage Analytical Engine, all the way back in 1823!

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Ladder Logic 305: ASCII and Strings

Today’s post covers ASCII, string manipulation and how to deal with readable text in a PLC. The picture above is from a ControlLogix program (Allen-Bradley, RSLogix5000 v.16) I wrote back in 2006. The program communicated with a PC-based Cognex machine

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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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I Need PLC Pictures!

For the last few months I have been working (slowly) on my new PLC course. Before getting too far into the videos on the Thinkific site, it made sense to me to complete a training manual. Well, I completed the

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PLCopen

Industrial automation has changed drastically over the past century. From the Charlie Chaplin style factories, where companies were reliant on people to manage the factory floor, to today, where factories are highly automated with only a few people present on

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PLC Memory

As I have mentioned previously, I have been working on a generic PLC course that I hope to release in some kind of online software format soon. I was able to test a prototype a few weeks ago with a

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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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Ladder Logic 106: One Shots

A one shot, or “differential”, is used to develop a signal that is exactly one scan in duration. As shown in the diagram above, when a signal is applied to a contact (a Pushbutton in the diagram above), no matter

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PLC Platform Sample Request – CLGX Example

In a post back in March, “Request for PLC Information and Samples“, I received quite a few responses offering PLC information on various platforms. Unfortunately after sending e-mails to quite a few of the respondents I haven’t received any info,

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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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