Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

Humans make mistakes, and these mistakes can cause defective products. Poka Yoke, also known as mistake-proofing, is a technique for avoiding simple human errors at...

Christmas Light Show Automation

Are you going to decorate for Christmas? Never! I moved into our house in June 2015 with my wife and baby twin girls. My agent mentioned...

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Automation Professionals, Integrators, and Vendors: You're invited to share your knowledge and expertise on TheAutomationBlog.com! Over the last five years, The Automation Blog has become...

Exchange Data Between Simatic S7 PLCs on Different Subnets

Easy data exchange between two Siemens Simatic S7 PLCs on different Ethernet subnets using a PN/PN Coupler Suppose you have two Simatic S7 PLCs, like...

Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems

In today's article, Jeff Turcotte of PLC Concepts discusses winder and slitter positioning control system upgrades, and how his company's upgrades increase throughput and...

Connecting ControlLogix to Simatic S7-300 via Ethernet

In this article I'll walk you through how to setup a connection between an Allen Bradley CompactLogix 1769-L36ERM controller, and a Siemens Simatic S7-300...

Robots Defeat Humans on Foosball Playing Field

Robotics is a field of study which is experiencing constant progress. People are wondering how they can improve or make a groundbreaking discovery in...

Serial Communications – If it ain’t broke, why fix it?

I’ll be the first to admit it, serial communications (RS-232) is so 1980’s.  However, it is also relatively easy to install and support and...

UCI Hyperloop Team "HyperXite" Compete for Clean Transportation of the Future

Editor's Note: I've had the distinct pleasure of consulting for the UCI HyperXite team, and in appreciation they have provided this "guest post" for readers of...
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The Engineers Are Leaving – what to do before they do

The day has finally arrived.  FAT and SAT tests are complete.  All punch list items are closed. The commissioning engineers are about to leave your...
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The Automation Blog announces "guest blogging" support!

The Automation Blog is now open to guest bloggers! Why? Well, by allowing “guest bloggers” to submit articles for publication on The Automation Blog, we hope...
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The Financial Implications of the Manufacturing Re-Shoring Trend

It is apparent from recent news that the financial picture of global manufacturing is in flux. It’s quickly becoming apparent, as many analysts have...
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Submit Your Automation Research for the 2014 Human Factors Prize and Win $10,000!

Today The Automation Blog brings you a guest post from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: Guest post written by Cara Quinlan of HFES: The Human...

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