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Controllers and drives set the pace of change

System design from as little as 8 years ago seems antiquated

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It wasn’t that long ago that designing a control system, particularly PLC- or PAC-based, was a simple decision. One picked your favorite processor and built your design around it.These days, the simple decision is no longer simple. Technology advances at such a rapid pace that there is no such thing as a base platform any more.I have been with my current employer for eight years now. As with any employment situation, some things move faster than others. Closer to the start of my tenure, I spent some time coming up with the design to replace the controls on a horizontal packaging machine.The machine was built in 1969 and is still in use today, but it seemed like a good…

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