Tag: software

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,

Share
Posted in PLCs, Software & Programming Tagged with: , , , ,

Engineering Ethics and Software

Back when I started doing software work directly for customers I must admit that I didn’t pay for the programming software that I used. This was in the days of DOS based programming software, and I had a laptop with

Share
Posted in Automation Concepts, Ethics, Software & Programming Tagged with: , , , , ,

Wonderware

As many of you know from reading this blog, I spend about 40% of my time teaching software programming classes for Automation Training, a Canadian company. I started out teaching the Allen-Bradley SLC and ControlLogix platforms and Siemens Step 7

Share
Posted in Controls Design, Software & Programming, Touchscreens, Vendors and Manufacturers Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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

Share
Posted in PLCs, Software & Programming Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

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

Share
Posted in Controllers, PLCs, Software & Programming, Vendors and Manufacturers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Allen-Bradley PLCs

Most readers of this blog know that I go out of my way to be non-brand-specific and unbiased in my presentation of automation topics. So far I have refused to place advertisements for any manufacturer’s on this site, though I

Share
Posted in Controllers, PLCs, Software & Programming, Vendors and Manufacturers Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

My Automation Software Project

Over the last couple of months I have mentioned that I am working on a pretty big software project. The diagram above is a graphical layout of some of the tools I have used in the past to accomplish a

Share
Posted in Machine Design, Product Development, Software & Programming Tagged with: , , , , ,

Generic Programming Rules

I have covered a lot of material on ladder logic on this site, but not all programming is for PLCs. This is an excerpt from Industrial Automation: Hands On that applies to all programs, not just ladder ( 6.1.1 –

Share
Posted in Software & Programming Tagged with: , , ,

Ladder Logic 103: More on Program Organization

Today’s post covers a bit more on program organization and layout. A reader posted a question on a previous post “Ladder Logic 204: Auto Sequences”: “I’m still really new to the field and have yet to create my own program

Share
Posted in Software & Programming Tagged with: , ,

Automation Consulting

In several previous posts I have mentioned that my company is undergoing a radical shift in focus. I had hoped to have my business website completed by the beginning of September so that I could have a kind of “grand

Share
Posted in Consulting, Website Tagged with: , , , , ,