PLCs/PACs/DCS/controllers

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Software-based solution protects plant uptime

(12/09/2022)
Availability plays a crucial role in the process industry in particular, so building redundancy into automation technology designs is vital. Beckhoff expanded its extensive range of solutions in this area to include a software solution for redundant control operation –TwinCAT Controller Redundancy.
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Edge controller offers flexible digitalisation solution

(18/07/2022)
As well as facilitating exchange of data between industrial control systems and cloud platforms the new edgeController from ifm electronic also provides freely programmable control functionality and versatile visualisation options in a single compact unit.
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New functions through update for Edge PC

(18/07/2022)
To transfer information from the local network to a cloud solution, Phoenix Contact completes its IIoT solution with firmware update 2022.0 for the EPC 1502 and EPC 1522 Edge PCs.


Archive

  1. 26/05/2022 Space-saving multi-axis servo drive for low-power applications

    Trio Motion Technology has launched a multi-axis servo drive to provide precision motion coordination for space critical, lower power machines up to 750W.

  2. 26/05/2022 Compact controllers aim to increase ROI for machine builders

    Emerson has released its PACSystems RSTi-EP CPE200 programmable automation controllers (PAC) which minimise the need for specialised software engineering talent.

  3. 14/03/2022 Redundant PLCs for maximum availability

    With its redundancy function, the RFC 4072R PLCnext Control device from Phoenix Contact is suited to use in high-availability applications.

  4. 12/07/2021 DCS accelerates digitalisation through the power of integration

    The latest version of the ABB distributed control system offering – ABB Ability System 800xA 6.1.1 – offers increased I/O capabilities alongside enhanced security as a foundation for digital transformation.

  5. 15/06/2021 Rugged tablet promises optimal productivity in the field

    Getac has launched its next-generation K120 fully-rugged, IP66-rated tablet, for mobile field professionals working in challenging industries.

  6. 30/12/2020 Providing SIL3 protection for mine hoist systems

    A safety programmable logic controller (PLC) has enabled a series of mine hoist systems to attain the highest SIL3 functional safety certification.

  7. 06/12/2020 Industrial PCs aim to improve visualisation reliability and security

    Rockwell Automation has released new industrial PCs and software designed to improve the reliability and security of visualisation applications.

  8. 20/10/2020 Rugged edge computers for AIoT computing

    The new MC-1220 series of rugged edge computers from Moxa feature an Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor and multiple expansion interfaces.

  9. 13/10/2020 New system capabilities for DCS

    Rockwell Automation has released the PlantPAx 5.0 distributed control system (DCS).

  10. 04/08/2020 Advanced networking and automation in a single operating system

    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.

  11. 26/06/2020 Bringing image processing into PLC environments in the UK

    Beckhoff Automation UK is bringing vision system image processing into familiar PLC environments with its new TwinCAT Vision software.

  12. 04/05/2020 PLC plays it safe

    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. 

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.