Automation

PID Loop Example

12 Feb: PID Control Loops

PID control loops can be very useful in automation and in many different applications. PID control loops can be very useful in automation and in many different applications. They can be used to control a feeder used in a loss in weight or…

The Purdue Model

12 Nov: Malware and Your Industrial Control System

Malware and Your Industrial Control System Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of getting malware on our personal computers. Removing some of these nuisances can be as easy as running a simple virus scanner. Others can maliciously take over a computer…

Thermistor, RTD and Thermocouple graph

12 Feb: Temperature Measurement in Industry

There are many different choices that can be made when selecting temperature measurement devices for industrial systems. When faced with these decisions, there are many factors to consider: accuracy, sensitivity, price, temperature range needed, etc. This article will discuss three types of temperature…

Panel Technician Testing Electrical Panel

12 Oct: 24VDC vs 120VAC

In the process of designing and purchasing new equipment, the decision about what digital control voltage to choose for a facility to standardize on is often not clear cut. Manufacturers, control engineers, plant personnel and other decision makers can lean different directions with…

Video game console

12 Jun: Aging Control System Equipment

We all have one or know someone who does — that old transistor radio that Grandpa used to listen to the baseball games with, or the old game console we had as a kid with graphics we cannot help but laugh at today,…

Barcode Scanner

12 Mar: Inventory Tracking – A Real POWER Tool

Inventory tracking is a very important and powerful tool for many industries. Knowing what inventory is on hand and being able to track product trends allows the business owner to better forecast what they need to produce and when. This allows production resources…

Allen Bradley PowerFlex 525

12 Feb: Advantages of Ethernet Devices in the Industrial World

The use of Ethernet technologies is penetrating almost every application in industrial automation. The generalized Ethernet communication connection allows the transfer of data through cables composed of multiple twisted wires, similar to a home network. EtherNet/IP is a communication protocol that uses the…