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Building and Maintaining a Sustainable Team

Having worked in multiple facilities, I've seen first hand how different automation teams operate under different philosophies and working conditions. In evaluation of the control and automation groups I have worked in or around, I've found there have been two...

Getting A-B PLC Data Into A Raspberry Pi

In my last article I discussed why you might want connect your PLC to a IoT device like a Raspberry Pi, as well as the software we use to accomplish this connection with A-B PLCs (Node-Red with the free...

HMI and SCADA Alarms with Meaning

Picture this: You enter a control room and immediately suffer sensory overload as a result from an overwhelming number of audible alarms and flashing lights. As you take in the situation, you notice that your operators are frantically clicking every...

Documenting PLC Code Using UDDTs And AOIs

In yesterday's article I covered the advantage of using verbose tag names in place of pages of comments to document programmable controller programs. Beyond that, there are some other tools available that can help you with organization. Focusing on Rockwell Automation...