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The Realities of Project Management: The Second Effort

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month.” These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to many...

Evaluating your Control System Failure to Recovery Methods

If your control system failure experiences are anything like mine, most of them haven't occur on weekday mornings when it's convenient for you and your team to evaluate how good your recovery procedures are. Instead, they're more likely to occur...

Safety Instrumented Systems vs Basic Process Control Systems

Most industrial processes incorporate Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and Basic Process Control Systems (BPCS) in their operations. This article compares the features of each system. SIS and BPCS Compared A Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) function is to monitor and maintain process...

The Realities of Project Management: You Can’t Always Do It Faster

In 1975, computer architect Fred Brooks published a series of essays on software engineering and project management called “The Mythical Man-Month”. These cautionary tales and inevitable realities not only stand the test of time, but also can crossover to many...

Insider News: Prepping for Automation Fair

Note: Insider News articles cover behind the scenes topics at The Automation Blog and Show exclusively for our supporters at http://patreon.com/automation. Update 11-15-19: Got some bitter sweet news this week. Some real estate I've been trying to sell for years...

Leaving Your Legacy Control Equipment

Some will argue that there's no reason to remove part of a control system that today is running as good as it has for the last twenty years (or longer.) Especially when that legacy hardware has been as durable as...

DH-485 Comms Hardware and RSLinx Setup (Video, TAS 25)

In this week's episode of The Automation Show, I cover the different hardware used to connect a PC to a DH-485 network, as well as how to configure RSLinx Classic Drivers for each: For more information, check out the "Show...
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For those of you who enjoy our weekly articles and videos on industrial automation, today I'm announcing new "instant rewards" are now available to all those who support our site at Patreon.com/automation. Instant Rewards for all Patrons: You can now login...

Getting A-B PLC Data Into A Raspberry Pi

In my last article I discussed why you might want connect your PLC to a IoT device like a Raspberry Pi, as well as the software we use to accomplish this connection with A-B PLCs (Node-Red with the free...

Common Causes of PLC Failures, and the Solutions

In today's article, I cover some of the most common causes of PLC failures, as well as solutions to avoid them. Input/Output Modules and Field Devices I/O failures can be caused by: Error in the PLC configuration Slacked (loose) terminal blocks ...

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