3D Printing Applications In Manufacturing Processes

3D printing is the latest in a long line of technologies and innovations that have transformed and evolved the manufacturing industry. As 3D printing technology and materials have advanced, the process has expanded its footprint from primarily a prototyping...

Harnessing Developments in 3D Printing Technology for Manufacturing Innovation

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3D printing has been a capable technology for quite a number of years now, but the developments in machine technology and the extensive range of materials that have become available over the last 12 months or so, are really...

Christmas Light Show Automation

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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 during close that "the agent (selling) said this is a crazy Christmas light street...

How To Add Profinet I/O & Drives To S7-1500 (Video, TAS 24)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, John DeTellem walks us through how to add PROFINET (Ethernet) I/O and Drives to an S7-1500 using TIA Portal: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366833029...

Connecting PLCs and Sensors to the Cloud

Life would be so easy if there were only one PLC manufacturer, one Communication Protocol, and just one Cloud Solution. Unfortunately, since this is not the case you'll want to find a solution that will cover as many different "constellations"...

Creating your first Siemens S7-1500 Program (Video, TAS 20)

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In this week's episode of The Automation Show, John DeTellem of Siemens walks us through how to create a new program for a Siemens S7-1500: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. [vimeo 366826557 w=750 h=420] The...

Poka Yoke in Manufacturing

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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 work. The idea was originally developed in the 1960s by Shigeo Shingo who was one...

Share Your Knowledge

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Automation Professionals, Integrators, and Vendors: You're invited to share your knowledge and expertise on TheAutomationBlog.com! Since 2013, The Automation Blog has become known as a great place to learn about industrial automation products. From how-to articles and videos, to covering new...

Exchange Data Between Simatic S7 PLCs on Different Subnets

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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 a S7-1200 and S7-300, on different Ethernet subnets and you need to exchange some data...

Upgrading Legacy Winder and Slitter Positioning Control Systems

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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 reduce downtime. Written by Jeff Turcotte, PLC Concepts Inc: Over the Holidays I had the pleasure of...