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The Next Evolution in Motion Networking
Examining the value benefits of a wireless approach and concerns of safety, reliability and latency.
Ethernet and AS-Interface
See how AS-Interface connects with Ethernet.
Circuit Breakers and Supplementary Protectors’ Standards
A clear understanding of UL standards and requirements that design engineers can use.
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There are different test methods that you can use to validate the safety of your machine. “Will This Machine Work?” also written by Dan, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of different testing methods, such as software emulation, hardware simulation, prototyping and beta testing at customers’ sites.
Cyberattack is another area in which automation professionals should be prepared to defend both their machine safety and their plant safety. Industrial Networking columnist John Rezabek wrote “Consider the Consequences of a Cyberattack,” in which he asks readers to take a good look at their plants and safety systems. Understanding how much of a target you and your plant could be is the first step toward preparing for a cyberattack.
An area that many machine builders and automation professionals struggle with is the cost of obtaining the latest copy of safety standards that are necessary to build any machine. ISDTech Chief Software Architect Scott Gee takes a look at the cost of safety standard documentation in his article, “Why Is Safety Information So Pricey?” Machine builders must prepare prior to designing a machine prototype, and Gee says standards such as UL 508 and UL 508A can easily cost a machine builder from $450 to $600 each. Why, he asks, should any machine builder pay so much for these documents?
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