Automation & Controls

March 22, 2019

Selecting an Encoder for Your Application

Choosing the correct encoder for a specific application can save you time and headaches as you commission your machine. How do you choose? Here we focus on the most common comparison: Ethernet/IP vs CIP Motion
March 21, 2019

What does your network and server room look like after 30 years?

Thirty years ago, the world-wide-web made its first appearance, setting off a new standard for modern technology. Since its inception, an abundance of new communication technologies, […]
March 19, 2019

Running on Borrowed Time

How well do you know your plant floor? Is there a mix of brands for drives, controllers and HMI’s? Where do these products fall within the manufacturer’s lifecycle? When should you consider migrating these systems?
March 6, 2019

Reduce Headaches with Shielded VFD Cable

Electrical noise, or more specifically high frequency electrical noise (also called common mode), tends to be the gremlin of modern electrical panels. Using power cable shields can reduce this noise.
February 11, 2019

Migration Made Easy – Upgrading a Standard PanelView to a PanelView Plus

In this short tutorial, I walk through the steps of converting a project from a Standard PanelView to a PanelView Plus using FactoryTalk View Machine Edition. This process allows you to get your project operating on the new PanelView Plus without any initial rework, and to have the same performance, or better, as the original project.
February 7, 2019

Simplify Drive Programming with Connected Components Workbench Software

Tired of hunting through hundreds of different parameters while attempting to troubleshoot or commission your Variable Frequency Drives? Do you feel lost without the aid of a printed parameter list or programming manual? Hunting for individual parameters when programming and troubleshooting can be time consuming, but using Connected Components Workbench could make your life easier in the field.
January 21, 2019

Finally, a push button that is specifically designed for the food industry’s caustic high-pressure wash-downs…

Allen Bradley 800K High-Pressure Wash-down IP69K Push Buttons The food and beverage industries have many challenges when dealing with high-pressure, close-range, caustic wash-down cleaning practices. Avoid contaminates […]
December 12, 2018

Reduce Design Time with Rockwell’s Micro800 PLC

Rockwell Automation and the Micro800 PLC controllers offer a lot of tools to help reduce the design time and get your product to market faster while […]
November 20, 2018

How to log data using your PanelView Plus

Looking for a simple datalogger, but don’t have a budget for it? Would you like to log pressure points or temperatures? Did you know that any […]