Siemens S7-1500: First Time Wiring and Programming (S45)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I wire and program my first Siemens S7-1500 PLC. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 45 Show Notes: A huge thank you to Siemens for...

Control System Changes Over The Last Five Decades

In part four of this series we will look at modern control systems from both their beginnings, as well as, the progress to what they are capable of at present day. Today’s engineer can typically work on multiple systems on...

The Move from Analog to Digital Control Systems

As we entered the twentieth century, the invention of electricity created previously unknown possibilities to modern technology. Generators and the utility industries began to light city streets as well as homes. On/Off controls were installed in manufacturing facilities and production...

SITOP Power Supplies and Selectivity Modules (P57)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, we take a look at the new SITOP Power Supplies and Selectivity Modules from Siemens: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast: [vimeo 440771289 w=750 h=420] Listen to...

The Industrial Revolution and Control Systems

Moving on from "Ancient Times" (covered in my previous article here) we enter what is known as the "Common Era" (CE.) In the intervening years, humanity made slow progress for what most refer to as “The Dark Ages,” during which...

WAGO PLC Starter Kit Unboxing and Setup (S44)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I unbox and setup a WAGO PLC Starter Kit: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 44 Show Notes: A huge thank you to WAGO for...

Ancient Engineering and Control Systems

We live in an astonishing period of history. As technology heightens to new levels with accelerating speed, it is vital for today’s engineer to remember the past, focus on the current and prepare for the future. Like everything in life,...

Automated Downtime Tracking the Right Way, Part 1

I have been chasing OEE and throughput improvements my entire career; it is a way of life in manufacturing. The first step to enable your operations team to improve OEE, is to provide the data of what the machine is...

What's New With Siemens PLCs and HMIs (S43)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from the Siemens Manufacturing In America 2020 virtual event's PLC and HMI presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode...

What's New With Logix and View? (S42)

In this episode of The Automation Show I share my top picks from Rockwell's ROKLive Logix and View Presentations: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 42 Show Notes: Quick Link to Rockwell's...