What the ability to design or program a simple start/stop circuit says about you

The ability to design or program a simple start/stop circuit says much about both the individual and our educational system. Here's why.

Dave Perkon, technical editor
CD 1506 Job Interview EE

There are many experienced and productive control designers and programmers in industry today. The companies they work for know the value of a good controls engineer. Unfortunately, there are many inexperienced engineers, such as recent college graduates or maybe the seasoned engineer who likes to hide in the corner and just do what's necessary. Some are excited to learn, and others not so much. The point is, engineers come in all types—some great, some good and some bad, as in life. At no point is this less obvious than in a job interview or more obvious than while working on a project. As an engineer and manager, I've interviewed many controls engineers, electrical…

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The father of the PLC discusses the IIoT

Dick Morley 100x100In this exclusive interview, Dick Morley shares his thoughts on machine communication and the IIoT. Morley is considered by many to be the father of the programmable logic controller. Watch the interview here

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How do we communicate with aging PCs?

Replacing legacy HMI displays requires programming software.

By Control Design

I’ve been replacing legacy HMI screens that are many, many years past life expectancy, but they still work. The issue though is whether we still have access to a working programming terminal of the same vintage. Virtual PCs can be of some help, but we still have to deal with the communications…

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