Choosing The Right Ethernet Switch

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Like many other people that work in controls and automation, I came from an electrical and instrumentation background and did not have any experience with network design, configuration or maintenance. Thankfully, my first job was a mill startup and I...

Data-Driven Decision Making: Driving the Need for Remote Sensors in Manufacturing

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Too often, manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are described only in terms of greenfield deployments. Unrealistic and expensive descriptions of shiny new factories outfitted with the latest industrial-internet-of-things (IIoT) technologies to deliver transformational insights are not the reality for most...

SIMATIC Real-Time Locating Systems (P61)

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Learn about the Industrial Applications for Real-Time Locating Systems, which now include Contact Tracing and Social Distancing Alerts, in this episode of The Automation Podcast For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen to...

Talking Legacy: ProSoft Communication Solutions

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Deciding how to communicate across multiple systems and vendors can be a research project itself. The protocols on both sides of the equation must be evaluated and even the data structures and data types must be taken into consideration. In...

Using Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules (S48)

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Learn how to add and use Siemens S7-1200 Signal Modules in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 48 Show Notes: A huge thank you to Siemens...

Air Amplification Technologies For Automation (P60)

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Learn about air amplification technologies used in blow-off and cooling applications in this episode of The Automation Podcast For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen to Podcast:  The Automation Podcast, Episode 60 Show Notes: Special...

Talking Legacy: Taking Intermediate Steps in Control System Upgrades

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One of my favorite tasks in the world of automation is upgrading legacy control systems to newer systems. Many a time the legacy system contains a less than desirable option for communications with other systems. In today’s world, systems must...

IFM Temperature Sensor: Setup, Wire, Use (S47)

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In this episode of The Automation Show I setup a new IFM TN2511 Temperature Sensor, then wire it up to both a S7-1500 and CompactLogix to test it out. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the...

Scalance Unmanaged Industrial Switches (P59)

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In this episode of The Automation Podcast, I sit down with Ford Cheeseman to learn about the Siemens Scalance line of Layer 2 Unmanaged Industrial Switches: For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video. Watch the Podcast:  Listen...

Wago PLC: First Time Programming (S46)

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I program my first Wago PLC in this episode of The Automation Show. For more information, check out the "Show Notes" located below the video.  The Automation Show, Episode 46 Show Notes: A huge thank you to Wago for sending in the...