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Using The 1783-NATR To Bridge Networks

With small control teams managing already large and increasingly growing control systems, an opportunity that I have encountered is the need to remotely access programmable logic controllers for various reasons, including troubleshooting as well as performing administration tasks. Often, the...

How to Download and Upload Mitsubishi PLC Programs using GX Works3

In this walk-thru we'll look at downloading and uploading to Mitsubishi FX5 and iQ-R controllers. The same setup was used in the previous Mitsubishi PLC series which includes the preceding (pre-requisite) document with step-by-step on how to connect. Like any other...

Logix CIP Security Changes Lead To Integration Issues

One of the gratifying opportunities in the life of a control system’s engineer is to successfully upgrade a legacy system to a newer system with more features and capabilities. We, as automation specialists in general, love to obtain the newest...

New Year's Resolution: Learning New Skills

Resolutions are a tradition of good intentions that rarely make it through the first month of the year. The dreams of exercise and weight loss are usually soon clouded by a schedule that doesn’t allow for the results that...
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Controls and Automation: The Physical and Mental Demands

I started in controls and automation at the age of nineteen, nearly twenty years ago. At the time, I had no idea what lay in store for my future and, little did I know, I was right where I...

Monitoring Control Loop Performance

In most cases, control systems are not behind the curve in performance. Many systems boast detailed, well designed graphics and millisecond alarming capabilities. They offer fast and reliable processing and I/O control. However, no matter how much performance you have...

The Realities of Project Management: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold...

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...

Enhanced Features of Profinet

Choosing industrial communication interface for an automation device requires that the network functionality and presuppose task be ascertain for ease of selection. Selecting a Profinet interface may enhance industrial communication for devices. In this article, we will consider some of...

Evaluating OT Security

Network security is currently a field of study in and of its own. There is a great need for security measures at each level of your IT and OT environments. In the OT (Operational Technology) environment, it is imperative...

PLC Backups: A Look at AssetCentre

If many moons have passed since you began working with programmable logic controllers, then you will undoubtedly have memories of sitting in front of a laptop, hoping that it will boot, because it contains the most up to date...

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