Is ladder logic programming still relevant?

Ladder logic programming is an essential tool for industrial automation and control systems. This intuitive, graphic programming language is ideal for designing and implementing sequential control processes. The essence of ladder logic lies in its user-friendly graphical interface. Inputs (like sensors and switches) and outputs (such as motors and relays) connect through logical gates and […]

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How AI and IIoT in predictive maintenance reduce factory downtime costs

This article provides a comprehensive overview of the importance and practical approach to using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for predictive maintenance operations in factories. Moreover, how this approach can reduce the time taken to investigate equipment issues by up to 93% For factories, it can also be difficult to secure capital investment budgets […]

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Four ways that automation can compensate for labour shortages.

Manufacturers increasingly recognise automation as a way of supporting, rather than replacing their manual workforce. Accelerating this approach is vital given the growing concern over labour shortages in the industry. The challenge is not just about filling jobs, it is about evolving the workforce in the face of changing demands. These can stem from customer […]

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Phoenix Contact Launches First FL Managed Ethernet Switches.

Phoenix Contact introduces its first managed Ethernet switches for direct connection of sensors and field devices into Ethernet networks. Called the FL Switch 2303-8SP1, they smooth the integration of modern sensors  and terminal devices onto industrial networks. They support Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) on eight ports to the10 Base-T1L standard for transmission distances of up […]

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Industrial Ethernet continues to outpace traditional fieldbuses

For engineers interested in the industrial communications market, each yearHMS Networks produces a report from their market research. Through 2023, HMSexpects the industrial network market to grow by 7%. Significantly, this growthhighlights the ongoing importance of network connectivity in factoryautomation. As an example, they expect the growth of installed IndustrialEthernet nodes, to be 10% higher […]

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