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MicroLogix 1100 Selection Guide

Allen-Bradley’s MicroLogix line of Programmable Logic Controllers offers a fantastic value for small-scale automation projects. Where you might not need large I/O counts but could benefit from advanced process control and communication solutions such as those found in industrial machine applications, MicroLogix PLCs have you covered. The MicroLogix 1100 model is the current entry-point into […]

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VersaMax PLC Component Selection Guide

I. VersaMax Control System Overview The VersaMax controller system is family of controller that features Nano, Micro and Modular assemblies. Each controller assembly serves a specific application size and may require installation of components to be able to function as a complete and compatible unit for a particular automation requirement. To design or specify a […]

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Hardware Comparison: RX3i Selection Guide

The RX3i control system is part of Emerson’s PACSystems family of products. Emerson now makes the PACSystems products, formerly GE Fanuc, for industrial automation needs with highly scalable and flexible systems that work within an IoT-enabled environment. The entire RX3i family is modular and offers many I/O options.   The RX3i system was intended as a […]

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VersaMax Processor Selection Guide

I. INTRODUCTION The VersaMax Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) platform is an industry recognized industrial automation product known for its technical features that meet the industrial operating requirements and standards. Originally released in 1998 by GE Fanuc, the VersaMax platform is now under Emerson Automation. Along with the change in name, comes controller enhancements mostly, with […]

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What’s the Difference? – Servo Motor vs Stepper Motor

One of the most common Final Control Elements (FCE) of an Industrial process are Motors. It is used in a wide variety of applications such as a pumping and material transfer, as prime movers of agitators, conveyors, dampers, louvers, fans as well as lifting devices. With the wide variety of applications, multiple control methods that […]

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Top 10 PLC Manufacturers

Below, we will list the top PLC manufacturers that are leading the PLC market at the moment. This should give a lot of insight to what are the most important trends and what is the actual path that they are building.

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Top 10 HMI Manufacturers in Industrial Automation

            The HMI market has been in constant growth in the last two decades due to the increasing need of digitalization in the industry. This need for digitalization comes for many reasons. Between them is the cost reduction of replacing the old indicator lights, push buttons, and other physical hardware. Besides, it would save a […]

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SLC 500 Troubleshooting: Appendix

Downloading SLC 500 User program: To download user program to an SLC 500 controller, the user must open the user program that is intended to be downloaded to the controller. Proceed with the configuration of RSLinx and define the driver to be used to communicate with the controller.   1. Configure RSLinx: Launch RSLinx. Click […]

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Troubleshooting Tutorial: Common SLC 500 Faults – Part 3: I/O Faults

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) such as Allen-Bradley’s SLC 500 Modular or Fixed style hardware are designed with capability of self-diagnostics. With Self-diagnostics, the controller is able to detect the operational status of every member module and report this externally through varying behavior of built-in LED indicators and internally via the diagnostic buffer. This is part […]

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Troubleshooting Tutorial: Common SLC 500 Faults – Part 2 : Processor Faults

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) such as Allen-Bradley’s SLC 500 Modular or Fixed style hardware are designed with capability of self-diagnostics. With Self-diagnostics, the controller is able to detect the operational status of every member module and report this externally through varying behavior of built-in LED indicators and internally via the diagnostic buffer. This is part […]

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