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Don’t Get Caught Without These 3 PLC Requirements

If you are looking to purchase a PLC system, there are three key components that you should look for. If your current system does not contain these features, you need to replace it with one that does as soon as possible. The three most important features you should look for in your new PLC system are the open communications protocol, the ability to integrate easily with other methods, and the ability to have remote access. Without these three essential requirements, your PLC system will be far less effective and will be more expensive to operate than it needs to be.
Don't Get Caught Without These 3 PLC RequirementsWe are all data companies that need the information for continued improvement. The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is essential, and the ability to take advantage of this starts with the hardware you specify for your PLC control. PLCs are now considered edge devices. This means that information should be able to be sent and received to the PLC controller when it is required.

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4 Way Traffic Light PLC Program EasyPLC

Traffic lights are used just about everywhere on busy roads around the world. They can help prevent traffic accidents and keep traffic flowing smoothly in the right direction by regulating the flow of cars, trucks, and other vehicles. The most common traffic light uses red, yellow, and green lights, along with arrows or flashes to indicate which lane should proceed when the lights change from green to yellow or red. Now you can visually see the 4-way traffic light by using the EasyPLC software suite. This provides an easy way of learning PLC programming.
4 Way Traffic Light PLC Program EasyPLCUsing the five steps for PLC program development, we will discuss how to program this traffic light. Four traffic lights and pedestrian panels with push buttons will be used. We will be using an Automation Direct Click PLC for this application, but the general methods can be used for any PLC. Let’s get started.

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Productivity PLC Node-RED MQTT – P1000 / P2000


We will be using an MQTT broker in Node-RED to communicate to the productivity PLC clients. MQTT stands for Message Queuing Telemetry Transport. This simple ‘publish and subscribe’ communication protocol does not take too many resources.
Constrained devices with low bandwidth are ideal for MQTT. This protocol provides machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity, perfect for the Internet of Things. (IoT) This protocol is not for remote IO or real-time (deterministic) applications. MQTT is a good solution for applications that move data from hundreds or thousands of machines (sensors) to clients in many networks.
Productivity PLC Node-RED MQTT - P1000 / P2000We will be installing and programming the AEDES MQTT Broker in Node-RED. A productivity P2000, P1000, and Node-RED will be the clients communicating to the broker. The PLC simulator inputs on each controller will control the outputs on the other controller. This will demonstrate the communication capability for publishing and subscribing to this IoT platform. Let’s get started.

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EasyPLC Software Suite – Quick Start

The EasyPLC Software Suite is a complete PLC, HMI, and Machine Simulator. This quick start aims to help you quickly learn this software suite. The manual that comes with EasyPLC Software Suite can always be referenced when required.
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EasyPLC Quick Start Software SuiteWe will be using the simple conveyor in the machine simulator. The EasyPLC PLC will be used to program the ladder logic for this simple conveyor. Compiling and transferring the program to the EasyPLC Virtual CPU, we will demonstrate the conveyor’s control. An HMI will also be programmed to indicate the direction of the conveyor. Let’s get started.

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PLC Learning Series – HMI – Interfacing

A human-machine interface (HMI) is present in some form for every PLC. The HMI connects a user to a machine system to exchange information or control data. This interaction with the system can be through hardware or software.
HMIs offer different people information and control in many ways for the automated system. Operators, supervisors, mechanics, electricians, engineers, and programmers all have different needs. The machine HMI(s) must provide or make the information easy for all the people who use the system.
We will now look at some of the ways that human-machine interfaces (HMI) are used in automated systems today. Let’s get started.

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ACC Automation 2021 Review – Industrial Control


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In this Covid-19 world, we are continuing to adapt. Social distancing, mask-wearing, hygiene, etc are the way we currently live. Video conferencing with Zoom, Teams, and Google Meet are the norm in business today. Information is knowledge, and everyone more than ever wants to be able to see, control and summarize production data on a regular basis. Open intuitive technologies are available to communicate like never before. Industrial plant data is rapidly changing. Factory 4.0 benefits are being seen and everyone wants to take advantage. We are looking forward to the New Year and new possibilities for implementing your control solution.
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