PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

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DCS moves with the times

(09/03/2021)
Control Engineering Europe reports on changing DCS technology which is being adapted to meet the need for more agile production.
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Reduce waste, boost profits

(01/03/2021)
Lee Sullivan explains how process automation can be used to reduce dairy process inefficiencies, while boosting profits.
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Future-proofing your process control systems

(16/02/2021)
Joe Bastone explains how control engineers can ensure that their process control assets are future-proofed and have the flexibility needed to meet ever faster changing customer demands.


Archive

  1. 01/02/2021 PC-based control drives AGV advances

    A comprehensive PC-based control solution has enabled a Chinese technology company to develop better-performing products more efficiently and is also helping these products to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 and the Made in China 2025 initiative.

  2. 19/01/2021 DCS solution: from skids to plantwide control

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about a distributed control system (DCS) solution that is well suited to use more widely throughout a manufacturing plant, than traditional iterations of the technology.

  3. 14/12/2020 Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

    Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code.

  4. 23/11/2020 More control for OT and IT

    Where is the border between automation and IT? The progress of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud technologies and simulation means that it is no longer so easy to draw a sharp line between operational technology (OT) and IT, says Andrea Rauscher, Product manager SIMATIC Siemens AG and Andreas Czech, marketing manager SIMATIC Siemens AG.

  5. 10/11/2020 Making process control more flexible

    For decades large-scale automation systems have been at the heart of production line control. Today, driven by changes in consumer demands, an alternative plug and produce modular automation approach is emerging, says Ralf Jeske.

  6. 22/09/2020 The rise of the PAC

    David Humphrey explains the difference today between a PLC and PAC and offers advice on which would best suit different applications within the manufacturing environment.

  7. 08/09/2020 Adding machine controllers to the factory floor

    Martin Gadsby explains how factory automation projects can leverage the most suitable machine control solutions.

  8. 06/07/2020 Is it time to look at edge computing?

    Stephen Hayes explains why now is the right time to look deeper into industrial edge computing.  

  9. 23/03/2020 Is your legacy PLC failing you on food hygiene?

    Edward Ralph looks at how PLCs can help address hygiene and food safety issues.

  10. 09/12/2019 Engineering on a global scale!

    Today’s engineering projects are executed by a variety of stakeholders. But, can the process control system provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration? Manuel Keldenich believes they can.

  11. 05/08/2019 What is rate-predictive control?

    A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain. This is helpful, says Allan Kern, given the difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance.

  12. 03/06/2019 PLC addresses malting process reliability issues

    A new control system has offered malting company, Crisp, with some impressive process improvements.

  13. 21/05/2019 Gaining an edge in automation

    Edge computing advances give users more options for architecting automation systems, flexible communications and programming choices, says Benson Hougland.

  14. 13/05/2019 Machine control: The benefits of gaining intelligence

    Control Engineering Europe focuses on the increasing addition of artificial intelligence technology in machine control solutions, asking what benefits this will bring for the machine builder and the end user.

  15. 30/04/2019 Retrofitting Industry 4.0

    Find out how medical technology company, Ypsomed, was able to retrofit Industry 4.0 digital control systems onto its legacy plastic injection moulding machines.

  16. 10/06/2018 Optimising productivity for warehouse packing

    An industrial edge computer is being used in warehouse packing operations to help optimise workflow.

  17. 04/06/2018 Addressing old challenges with new controllers

    Suzanne Gill looks at the features of modern machine controllers that can offer benefits in food industry applications.

  18. 18/12/2017 Machine control for today and tomorrow

    Suzanne Gill collects the thoughts of solution providers relating to current trends and the most important requirements for successful machine control solutions today.

  19. 15/10/2017 Will there be room for CNC and PLCs in the factory of the future?

    As automation in manufacturing increases control systems are having to become increasingly complex and efficient.  We investigate what role different industrial controllers might have to play in the future.

  20. 18/09/2017 OEM size doesn’t matter when it comes to Industry 4.0

    Many smaller machine builders may feel that smart factory technology is not relevant for them. However this could not be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to choosing a PLC, says Rami Hanan, VP of sales and marketing at Unitronics.