How PLCs and Smart HMI Design Keep Drugs Safe

Thursday, May 2, 2013

STERIS Corp. helps keeps drugs safe and compliant with electronic data security rules with simplified PLC configuration and user-friendly interface via WinCC and touch panels. In pharmaceutical manufacturing,…

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New-generation ‘Soft’ PLCs Drive Oil Exploration

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Apache Corp. shares the first-hand benefits gained by moving from traditional PLC racks to the WinAC software PLC to control oil-drilling rigs worldwide. Houston, Texas-based Apache Corporation is…

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PLCs help U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deepen Critical Shipping Channels

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has a fleet of dredging boats that keeps 12,000 miles of waterways in the United States clean and navigable for recreation…

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Wireless Networks and Machine Safety: Lessons Learned in a Non-Industrial Environment

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Designing a system to control a myriad of large hydraulic gates at the Elephant Community Center at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park provides lessons learned in an application…

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New Controls Bring Pixar’s Cars Movie to Life at Disney’s California Adventure

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Siemens PLCs, sensors and communications bring the 12-acre Cars Land to life The wildly successful Cars movie franchise comes to life in the Disney California Adventure theme park,…

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Steel Mill Executes No-Risk Control System Conversion

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prism Systems explains how a phased, rack-by-rack implementation kept the mill’s PLC-and-PROFIBUS network up and running. When a major steel manufacturer found its operations hampered by a highly…

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Clip and Save this Must-have list of Key Safety Standards!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A concise rundown on what you need to know for emergency stops, machine guarding, safety PLCs, motor drives and robotics. Understanding the differences of safety standards as it…

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Micro PLCs Power Greener Homes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Learn how Alfred State College showcases alternative energy, including geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic and small wind – and promotes the power of micro PLCs. As energy prices rise and…

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Can PLCs Improve Your Golf Game?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Yes, and much more – when they transform a driving range into a fully automated entertainment experience. Programmable logic controllers aren’t usually associated with fun and entertainment, but an entertainment…

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New Features with the Release of TIA Portal – V11 SP2

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Industrial automation systems will see vast improvements in speed with the recently introduced TIA Portal – V11 SP2, which operates with the 64-bit version of Windows 7. The…

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Understanding Your Automation Control Options: Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Programmable Automation Controllers (PAC), PC-based Controllers (PCbA)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Learn to differentiate “marketing-speak” from fact in this assessment of similarities and differences between automation control platforms. Like everything in the highly Darwinian world of the manufacturing industry,…

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Complete System Simulation Integrating both HMI and PLC – Part 3

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Video Tutorials: Combined HMI and PLC Simulation This is part three of a four part series showcasing the time and cost saving benefits of the STEP7 PLC-SIM software….

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