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Choosing The Right Ethernet Switch

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Like many other people that work in controls and automation, I came from an electrical and instrumentation background and did not have any experience with network design, configuration or maintenance. Thankfully, my first job was a mill startup and I...

Data-Driven Decision Making: Driving the Need for Remote Sensors in Manufacturing

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Too often, manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are described only in terms of greenfield deployments. Unrealistic and expensive descriptions of shiny new factories outfitted with the latest industrial-internet-of-things (IIoT) technologies to deliver transformational insights are not the reality for most...

SIMATIC Real-Time Locating Systems (P61)

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Learn about the Industrial Applications for Real-Time Locating Systems, which now include Contact Tracing and Social Distancing Alerts, in this episode of The Automation Podcast For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen to...

Talking Legacy: ProSoft Communication Solutions

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Deciding how to communicate across multiple systems and vendors can be a research project itself. The protocols on both sides of the equation must be evaluated and even the data structures and data types must be taken into consideration. In...

Using Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules (S48)

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Learn how to add and use Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 48 Show Notes: A huge thank you to Siemens...