Expert Zone

May 23, 2019
Lighting Controls

Scalable lighting brings the factory of the future to reality

Installing new LEDs on your plant floor usually means shutting down your line for install. Since this investment isn't something that happens open, it makes future forward thinking even more important in the final decision as to what should be installed.
April 30, 2019

Belt Drive Design and Selection

As a mechanical design professional, how do you decide what size and kind of belt drive to use? The Gates Design Flex Pro software takes the guess-work out of optimized sprocket and belt selection.
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 28, 2019

Choosing the Right Conveyor Belting

One of the primary advantages of using modular plastic conveyor belting lies in their durability. Fabric belts can sometimes tear, however, with modular belt’s hard plastic segments, this cannot happen. The plastic’s durability over other belt materials also gives modular belts an edge over many alternatives in terms of load capacity, resilience in harsh environments, and resistance to wear.
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.