You'll find the answer in our new technical note, Communication Tools & Protocols for Opto 22 Products.
Understanding how productive, efficient, and profitable your business operations
One of the tools used in manufacturing, automation, and process control to stay on top of these metrics
KPIs can be applied to all levels of a business, from manufacturing to sales, marketing, operations, and customer service.
Attention industrial engineers: If you're not thinking about how secure that new wiz-bang-flashy PLC or PAC is before you purchase it, you're setting yourself up for a world of pain down the road.
Industrial control systems are used across a wide range of industries, from manufacturing and fabrication, to electricity generation and transmission, to oil refining and water treatment—all industries where a network security compromise could mean huge losses of capital for the business.
Recently we’re seeing many of these traditionally proprietary control systems—distributed control systems, PLCs, and SCADA applications—adding new, more open technologies like Ethernet and TCP/IP. And with organizations' increasing interest in the business advantages of obtaining system data, industrial control systems are now being connected to information technology (IT) networks.
From oscilloscope to pliers to power supplies, these are the tools we find essential.
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The image below still cracks me up. The captions for each of the devices are hilarious.
But in truth, ransomware is a pretty scary subject, especially when you think of it in the context of industrial technology and applications. And there’ve been quite a few unnerving stories about ransomware hacks in industrial applications lately.
That Is the Question.
Whether you work in industrial automation, process control, machine design, or any other industrial application, at some point in time you’re going to run into an RS-485 network. And troubleshooting these networks can be an absolute nightmare.
What technician, engineer, or maker doesn’t like tools? Having the right tools for the job is essential in getting things done.
Few things are more satisfying than applying just the right tool to a specific problem to easily rectify the situation. Having a shop outfitted with the right tools and a good place to work makes fixing things and resolving problems that much easier.
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Now's a good time to review some automation basics—and look ahead to new technologies in our field.
Accuracy and resolution. Specifications for both of these are included for our analog modules. What's the difference?
Sinking and sourcing. What do these terms mean when you're wiring digital DC outputs, and which is the better way to wire? Lots of questions and answers on this one.
When you're troubleshooting system problems, PAC Manager can be a big help. That's because PAC Manager communicates directly with your controllers and I/O units.
You're probably already familiar with PAC Manager's Inspect window, where you can see detailed status data on an I/O unit or controller. This tip shows you a way to create your own custom checks on anything in the Inspect window.
Have you wanted to share I/O point or variable data from your SNAP PAC controller with a Microsoft® Excel® spreadsheet or Access® database?
- Maybe you're tracking sales in a spreadsheet and want to adjust production to match projections.
- Maybe your PAC is monitoring equipment on-time and energy usage, and you want to add that data to an equipment maintenance database.