Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:36
We would like to set up all our PLCs and Fanuc Robots onto an Ethernet system, and get rid of the old-fashioned hardwired I/O going between all four PLCs and robots. The question came up asking if we would want managed or unmanaged switches.
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 02/14/2013 - 14:39
In the beginning, machine and robot builder OEMs developing an automation system had the choice of relay ladder logic for PLCs, and assembly language for single-board computers and minicomputers. Automation hardware and software have come a long way since then, but so have machine and robot applications.
Submitted by scechowski on Thu, 12/13/2012 - 14:46
Robots were once an esoteric and expensive technology that provided limited special-purpose use as welders or parts stackers. In this month's Control Design cover story, Senior Technical Editor Dan Hebert explains how robotic advances have brought these devices into widespread use in a host of manufacturing applications, in many cases...
Submitted by scechowski on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 20:51
Your machine projects might not cost quite as much as the latest Mars exploration, but technological achievement seems to constantly reach new heights, nonetheless. And like the Curiosity project, industrial machines are growing more complex in their own rights.
Submitted by Joe Feeley on Thu, 09/06/2012 - 11:02
As part of our year-long 15th anniversary celebration, we're reprising a PLC vs. PC article exactly as we first published it in February of 2001. If you've been using controllers during this period, you'll be reminded how the whole "PC-based control will/will not take over the machine control world and...