Tag Archives: PLC

PLCs v PACs v IPCs

In the world of industrial automation, the terms PLC, PAC and IPC get thrown around [...]

Industrial and Building Automation: Making This Marriage Work

I have a love/hate relationship with my technology. On one hand, I love that my [...]

Why Active Directory is Important to a Control Engineer

As a control engineer, you have enough technology to learn and maintain, and it’s not [...]

EtherNet/IP Communications vs. Allen-Bradley PLC Communications

It’s no wonder that many control engineers confuse Allen-Bradley PLC Communications with EtherNet/IP communications. AB [...]

The Manufacturing Data Prison

I don’t know how you personally spend your days, but If you spent them traveling [...]

Siemens S7 Controllers

Sometimes being too successful can lead to real problems. I’m thinking about the problems that [...]

Connecting Rockwell and Siemens Automation Systems – Part 1

There are really no two bigger names in industrial automation than Siemens and Rockwell. Both [...]

Let’s Talk Security

I have relatives, friends, and some RTA team members who’ve had their identities stolen. It’s [...]

The Common Industrial Protocol Top Ten

Everyone loves top ten lists. When I was growing up there was a guy by [...]

Introducing the ScanDr.

It’s 2019, why can’t I plug a barcode scanner into my PLC’s serial port? Barcodes [...]