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What signal level sensors and I/O modules should you standardize on—NPN or PNP? What should you standardize on in your U.S. plant? Why do the signal levels seem to be different on equipment from Asia? Do you know the correct terminology? Are there other signal voltage levels to document that would have NPN vs. PNP or other signal issues? Read it here.
How to weigh the cost of adding a screen to the machine and why? Should hardware cost be the largest concern or should integration labor, user experience and functionality take precedence? What are the pros and cons of adding an HMI to a machine that doesn’t currently have one, whether on a new design, existing design or retrofitted? Read it here.
PLC-controlled pick-and-place machine can’t damage fragile parts in the event of an air dump. What type of pneumatic valves should you use? Single solenoid or double solenoid? Two-position or three-position? Center exhaust or center pressure? What's best for each actuator? Will dumping air under an emergency cause the mechanism to lower and damage the fragile part? Read it here.
Two case studies and a Q+A discussing how to harness the best of IT to solve problems in OT make this new eBook a must have for your library. Read it here.
Get up to speed on the technology and trends that are creating opportunities for machine builders to incorporate collaborative robots in their designs. Read it here.
Learn how remote monitoring is creating growth opportunities for OEMs of all sizes. The report features an up-to-date overview of remote trends available only in this report, plus a compilation of the best articles on the topic from Control Design. Read it here.