PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

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Advanced networking and automation in a single operating system

(04/08/2020)
Red Lion’s FlexEdge Intelligent Edge Automation Platform now combines the scalability of Linux with the power of Crimson 3.2 software in a single user-friendly operating system.
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Bringing image processing into PLC environments in the UK

(26/06/2020)
Beckhoff Automation UK is bringing vision system image processing into familiar PLC environments with its new TwinCAT Vision software.
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PLC plays it safe

(04/05/2020)
A safety module option is now available for Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-R PLC which is said to provide the performance and integrity of a separate safety PLC but without the added cabinet space. 


Archive

  1. 03/02/2020 Compact PLC with smart factory capabilities

    Mitsubishi Electric has introduced its smallest and most powerful compact PLC to date. The aim of the FX5UC series Micro PLC is to give more machine builders and manufacturers more functionality in a smaller space - while also providing web access and network connectivity.

  2. 13/01/2020 PLC starter kits for machine and motion control systems

    RS Components (RS) has introduced two PLC starter packs from Allen-Bradley, part of the Rockwell Automation group.

  3. 05/08/2019 Controller includes a new concept in Virtual HMI

    Unitronics has introduced the UniStream PLC, a new multi-function controller which introduces a new concept in virtual HMIs.

  4. 22/07/2019 Enhancements to core product in safety system family to improve connectivity and productivity

    Yokogawa Electric Corporation has released a new version of its CENTUM VP – R6.07 – which is the core product in its OpreX Control and Safety System family of solutions.

  5. 08/07/2019 AI module provides predictive analytics from control data

    The new FactoryTalk Analytics LogixAI module from Rockwell Automation – formerly known as Project Sherlock – uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect production anomalies and alert workers so they can investigate or intervene, as necessary.

  6. 03/06/2019 New functionality for Intelligent Operator Panels (IOPs)

    Siemens has extended the functionality of its Sinamics IOP-2 for Sinamics G series converters to include the FW V2.3 SP1 firmware update. This improves local setup, operation, monitoring, diagnostics and service of all Sinamics G series converters.

  7. 30/04/2019 Local display of thermal mass flow meters or controllers

    A new PCU series of controllers from AW-Lake are designed to connect with thermal mass flow meters or controllers to provide a local display of flow output.

  8. 01/03/2019 When control worlds converge

    Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and PLCs are increasingly converging. PLC systems have acquired more extensive visualisation systems, similar to those traditionally used by process engineers to manage complex processing workflows.

  9. 17/12/2018 Four-port Serial Communication Module for new groov EPIC System

    Opto 22 has released the groov serial I/O module, GRV-CSERI-4 module which plugs into a groov EPIC chassis alongside Opto 22’s new groov Edge Programmable Industrial Controller (EPIC) and discrete and analogue I/O modules, to provide the mix of analogue, discrete, and serial signals.

  10. 25/11/2018 CFC graphical programming language enables tasks to be implemented conveniently

    Traditionally Bachmann controllers have been partly programmed via the Codesys-based M-PLC user interface. The company is now in the process of replacing this programming interface with the PLC Developer which has been created to support the system programmer in all phases of software development.

  11. 19/11/2018 Yokogawa adds to control and safety system family

    Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed a software platform that enables software packages to run on general-purpose computers in a redundant configuration, and has added this to its OpreX Control and Safety System family.

  12. 12/11/2018 Waterproof panel PC

    The new INOX-F15C-ULT3 15in Panel PC from BVM is housed in a monolithic 304 stainless steel enclosure that is sealed to IP69k.

  13. 27/08/2018 Industrial computer family extended with wireless and energy versions

    HARTING has expanded its MICA industrial computer family with the addition of dedicated wireless and energy versions as well as a range of kits which can be equipped and assembled by the customer with their own function boards.

  14. 17/07/2018 Controller gains the ability to speak

    The human body has evolved into what could be called a system of perfectly harmonised functional units. The same applies in a figurative sense for an automation system, which combines the functions of intelligence, sensors, motion control and vision in perfect harmony. Now with the introduction of TwinCAT Speech software, automation systems can also learn to hear and speak.

  15. 29/06/2018 Safety PLC offers redundancy according to IEC 61508 SIL 2

    Mitsubishi Electric’s modular PLC series MELSEC iQ-R is now available as a fully redundant pair of controllers for high performance and extra reliability. To help reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO), the system also integrates various features into the PLC for monitoring and managing safety.

  16. 10/06/2018 DCS empowers a converged workforce through a smarter experience

    The latest release of the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation is said to enable smarter, more productive and protected operations. New system capabilities include a more intuitive design and the ability to see contextualised information from plant assets.

  17. 25/04/2018 Combined PLC and motion controller

    The new FP-XH from Panasonic combines a compact PLC with a motion controller. The CPU has 16 digital inputs/outputs and is equipped with four high-speed inputs. The PLC can be expanded with Panasonic's expansion units from the FP0R and FP-X series.

  18. 08/04/2018 Plug-in motor controller promises fast integration

    Nanotec has introduced the NP5, a PCI Express plug-in motor controller, which is suitable for brushless DC motors as well as for stepper motors.

  19. 03/03/2018 Plant servicing, device service and training made easy

    The new GEMÜ PLC-based multifunctional case is used for operating – independently of plants – programming and initialising the automated devices mounted on the process valves.

  20. 26/02/2018 Panel PCs gain 10.1in widescreen display

    Beckhoff has extended its range of entry-level touch screen panels with the introduction of a larger, 10.1in display.