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Maintenance Management Of Programmable Controllers

Programmable Controllers are the brains behind high industrial performance today. And because they are so critical to the operation of so many facilities, it's very important to do what you can to avoid unplanned failures of your Programmable Controllers. Maintenance Management...

HMI and SCADA Performance and Optimization

“These displays take forever to load!” It's a common and very audible frustration I've heard in many control rooms over the course of my career. And I have to admit, these complaints are often quite valid. I've personally observed it taking...

Connect GX Works 3 To A Mitsubishi FX5 Or iQ-R PLC

As with any popular PLC programming software, GX Works 3 not only allows you to upload and download programs, but also supports program compare and verify as well as viewing ladder differences graphically. But before you can do any of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Automation In Agriculture Increases Efficiency

The agriculture industry has come a long way in the last hundred years. Gone are the days of working from sunup to sundown, planting, weeding and harvesting all your crops by hand. The advent of machinery made it possible for...

The Realities of Project Management: The Project Czar

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...

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...

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