Category: Techniques

I have been writing this blog on and off for almost 9 years now. From the beginning my intent has been to provide a free source of information to people interested in Industrial Automation; the field has been very rewarding …

Industrial Education Ch. 1: Introduction Read More »

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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 …

PLC Simulation Trainers Read More »

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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 …

New Training Demos Read More »

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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 …

Ladder Logic 306: Simulation Read More »

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As part of a consulting project I am involved in, I have created a list of acronyms and terms that are used in manufacturing and industrial automation. These are terms and acronyms from Lean/Six-Sigma, controls, electronics, business software and general …

Manufacturing Terms, Buzzwords and Acronyms Read More »

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Today’s post is a response to frustration. Some times when dealing with potential customers you waste a lot of time trying to save them money. They may want you to cut corners, spend a lot of your time (for free) …

How To Design And Build A Small Controls Project Read More »

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Today’s post concerns how sensor choices are made in real applications. I have written various posts on sensors in the past, and even participated in a Control Engineering webcast and forum last year on the topic. While I have covered …

Application: Sensor Choices 103 Read More »

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Hey, I know the holiday season is gone, but Happy New Year anyway! After all, the year is still pretty new and I’m sure everybody is excited and optimistic. Usually around this time of year I post my plans and …

Happy New Year! What Can I Teach You? Read More »

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A few weeks ago I made a trip to Seattle to visit my daughter Yuki¬†and her family. She used to work at Starbucks’ corporate headquarters, and among other projects was involved in the design and startup of the Roastery, an …

Starbucks Roastery Read More »

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted. While things are going pretty well for me right now, I’ve had a really rough past few months. I think the longest I’ve gone before without posting was a couple of weeks maybe, …

Automation Update December 2017 Read More »

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