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

White Papers: In Depth Research

  • Effective Implementation of Ethernet Technology in Industrial Applications

    Author: Turck

    This white paper helps users understand the need for enterprise connectivity and various challenges and considerations associated with implementing network protocols. This allows users to select the ideal communication solution need to maximize data acquis

  • Machine Automation Consolidation in a Box

    Author: Intel

    This article discusses how Intel's pre-integrated, pre-validated embedded virtualization product allows customers to merge and manage multiple discrete systems into a single machine. Learn more.

  • Automation Design Software eGuide
  • Next Generation IPCs

    Author: Advantech

    This white paper will examine the technology powering these new IPCs and why cPCI IPCs have arrived as the best option for many of the most demanding automation applications.