The First Fully Automated Warehouse

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about automated systems and operations, particularly when it comes to retail warehouses. Amazon may not have been the first, but it was one of the most high-profile companies to roll-out automated...

How IOT works

How IOT works, from an ERP perspective. Definition: Simply put, IOT (Internet Of Things) is a system where machines talk to each other without the need for users to get involved. It's used to provide next-generation automation by identifying the state...

How To Connect IoT Devices To PLCs With No Programming Knowledge

Connecting PLCs to IoT devices like the Raspberry Pi in order to read and write data to a PLC generally requires the programming knowledge needed to develop communication drivers. But in today's article I'll show you how you can connect...

Converting ControlNet I/O to EtherNet I/O

If you have had ControlLogix systems running in your facility for any amount of time, chances are they contain ControlNet communication modules for the communication between processor chassis and their controlled remote I/O chassis as well as a myriad...

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...

Control System Architecture for Preventive and Predictive Maintenance

Downtime is the number one issue that prevents companies from meeting their productivity goals. It is very important, whether coming into a mature facility or starting from the ground up to make the right decisions to set the company up...

Agriculture Automation Trends You Need to Know

Agriculture may not be the first industry that comes to mind when you think of robotics, but some farms are leading the way in automation. Farmers are not always simple country folk — technology has consistently been at the forefront...

ControlLogix Redundancy System Alarm

How many times do you walk around your facility and visually look upon every control system that is currently in operation? If you are anything like me, it may be months in between the times I see some control panels. Along...

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 ...

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...