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.

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White Papers: In Depth Research

  • 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

  • 5 Types of Touch Screens; Which is Best for You?

    Author: TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc.

    There are several different types of touch screens, each with its own unique advantages and capabilities. The five most common types are: 5-Wire Resistive Touch, Surface Capacitive, Projected Capacitive, SAW and IR.