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After the Training – Maximizing your Investment

Greetings from not-so-sunny Jupiter, Florida. Despite the lack of sunshine, the weather is nice. I have spent the last several weeks teaching in my home state of Tennessee, and… brrr… Minnesota. I am down here for a couple of weeks

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PLC Articles – Software and Hardware

Since I started this blog in early 2011 I have written a lot of articles on PLCs. The PLC is a major part of many industrial facilities and machines, and indeed has been an important part of my career. Now

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The Importance of Machine Documentation

Automated machinery can be very complex and cost millions of dollars. When it breaks down seconds can count… lost production affects the bottom line and can lead to lost customers when deadlines aren’t met. So why is machine documentation considered

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Idec PLCs

Today’s post continues the series on PLC platforms started last year. This is another guest post from Steve Myres, who also wrote an article on Indirect Addressing. Articles in this series include Allen-Bradley, Siemens, Koyo and Panasonic platforms. I wrote

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Dynamic (Indirect) Addressing

Today’s post is another guest article, this one written by Steve Myres. Steve owns Automation Solutions, a controls integration company that also provides machine mechanical, electrical, and fluid power troubleshooting and design. ************************************************************ Dynamic addressing In this article, I’ll describe

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Automation Direct (Koyo) PLCs

This post is a continuation of a series I started a couple of weeks ago on PLC platforms. So far I have covered Allen-Bradley and Siemens, this week I am going to discuss the Automation Direct and Koyo platform. Koyo

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Siemens PLCs

Continuing the series I began last week with the Allen-Bradley PLC platform, this week I am discussing the Siemens family. My first exposure to Siemens PLCs was in the late 1990s when I customer wanted a quote on upgrading their

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Serial Device Communications

Today’s post is in response to Amit’s question on a previous topic about leak testers. He asks “What is the process to send or receive data from a Cosmo leak unit tester?” Rather than address Cosmo specifically, I decided to

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Ladder Logic 207: Interrupts and Periodic Tasks

Today’s post is in response to Darko’s comment on my Ladder Logic 206: Scanning post. He mentioned that readers might want to learn a little bit about interrupts. It can be difficult to discuss this subject generically since different manufacturers

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The Importance Of Machine Safety And Hiring A PLC Programming Specialist

Today’s article is a guest post from Automation Solutions, a Melbourne, Australia-based company. If you would like to post an article on this site, let me know! The Importance Of Machine Safety And Hiring A PLC Programming Specialist. Automated production

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