Control Platforms Resource Center

Controls engineers need a variety of information on topics such as programmable logic controllers, programmable automation controllers, PC-based control, embedded controls, computer numeric control, control software, network strategies, relays and switches.

Programmable logic controllers have been the staple of machine automation for decades and provide the majority machine logic solutions currently in operation.

PC-based controls offer the advantages of inherent data communication based on today’s Internet-centric TCP/IP protocols, with the ability to perform critical tasks in conjunction with an accompanying real-time operating systems, RTOS, kernel or a plug-in motion controller card.

Newer programmable automation controllers try to offer the best features of both control platforms.

Embedded controls can take the form of single-board computers with some application-specific capabilities or as the emerging field programmable gate array, FPGA, hardware that offers flexible customization and versatility.

Timely news, back-to-basics primers, feature articles, technical white papers and descriptions of the latest products all provide valuable insights that can be used in designing and building machine controls.

Articles

  • Any Termination Data on Field Connectors?

    We Have Customers With Varying Preferences for the Method of Terminating Field Connections Outside the Panel. We Even Have Our Own internal Disagreements. We Wanted to Simplify. See What Vendors Said:

  • When Industrial Steppers Measure Up

    Stepper Motors Also Are Simpler to Deal With During the Design Phase of a Project.

  • Presence Sensors Travel into New Automation Applications

    Even though new markets and applications are emerging, Will Healy, strategic marketing manager at Balluff, reports that new and existing users still share something in common—they all want lower-cost sensors with more features in smaller sizes.

  • Interface Interference in the Machine Operating World

    The Responsibility of Control Can be so Easily Given to Those Who Have Trouble Remembering What They Had for Breakfast. These New Phones and Tablets Give us the Interface We Need for Remote Access and Mobility With the Interface of Web-Based Commonality. Really?

White Papers: In Depth Research

  • Tips for Using Multi-Function Safety Relays in Automation Industries

    Author: AutomationDirect

    One or more multi-function safety relays can often be used to replace many basic single-function safety relays, simplifying installations and saving money.

  • CC-Link IE Field – Your Gateway to Asia

    Author: CC-Link IE

    Accelerate your business in Asia with the Gateway to Asia (G2A) program from CC-Link The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has put together a comprehensive package of engineering and marketing services to help American device makers increase revenue in th

  • AutomationDirect Group Motor Protection

    Author: AutomationDirect

    Rather than explaining the full NEC standard, the paper provides an easy-to-understand overview of Article 430 of the NEC motor branch circuit requirements for short circuit and ground fault protection, as well as motor overload protection. This White Pape

  • The 6 Most Important Parts of a Temperature Monitoring Systems

    Whether you're a purchasing agent or you're going to be the end user, you can ensure that you're getting the right system by learning a bit about the most important parts to focus on. This basic tutorial covers the 6 parts to a typical temperature monitori