What OEMs Don't Tell End Users about PACs

Many end users don't really know what PAC is, or what the differences between PLCs and PACs are. The reality is, OEMs and machine designers need to educate users better.

Don Fitchett, Business Industrial Network
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If asked, "Is there really any difference between programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controllers (PACs)," the machine end user will likely answer, "No." Or that person might ask, "What is a PAC?" You may even get a few that will argue that no difference exists between the PLC and the PAC. Additionally, users may claim the PAC is just a new name and acronym created by the PLC vendor sales department to generate new sales. The fact is a PAC is very different from a PLC, and it is important for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and designers to educate their end users regarding the differences between a PLC and a PAC prior to purchase…

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