2022 Top Article - General Purpose Programming Languages Are the Future for the Industrial Automation Industry and Are Overtaking Traditional PLC IEC 61131-3
IEC 61131-3 is the de facto standard in the industrial automation industry. It encompasses 5 different programming "languages". It makes designing simple programs straightforward and easy, and it does this very well.
AI-driven Composable Manufacturing's Plug-and-play Approach Gives Manufacturers the Jump on Disruptions
Composable manufacturing is an approach that uses a virtual tool to assemble - or compose - modular packages of pre-programmed processes into new workflows on a screen.
This software-defined world is increasing complexity on all fronts, from the design and development process to product and sales. For manufacturing companies, there's a whole set of new challenges.
By adopting a cloud-based, unified file system, manufacturers can cut costs in half, while strengthening data protection, simplifying management and enabling global collaboration.
The process of creating a digital transformation roadmap in manufacturing can look very different for each organization. It very much depends on where exactly the company stands in its digital journey.
Linux has a lot to offer the automation industry. It is a stable and scalable alternative to Windows operating systems that allows for arguably greater connectivity between devices and systems.
The right technology and high integration enable a company to increase efficiency and reduce the costs of project and maintenance through the systematic knowledge management.
The software used for computer-aided design (CAD) has significantly changed how manufacturers complete their projects and meet client needs. Here's a look at some changes this evolution caused:
Q&A with Ravi Kunju, Altair: Digital twins offer designers the opportunity to analyze the impact of operational conditions without requiring the production of a prototype until much further along in the manufacturing process when mfg's have a greater certainty of success.
But virtual means much more when it comes to innovating and creating groundbreaking products. In the virtual world, we can simulate and evaluate scenarios before producing the product itself.
In this paper, an intelligent TSN NIC card is presented. It embeds all the complexity required to connect a standard PC to a TSN network without the need of installing any special software on the host.
Data connectivity and collection has evolved past the workarounds and silos that long-plagued industrial ecosystems. New technology is transforming data accessibility-without interrupting your vital processes or requiring new equipment.
Artificial intelligence is an essential factor in the industrial sector when used wisely. Its adoption has brought many advantages to the manufacturing industry. It has made work easier. Let us embrace technology and optimize it in our day to day activities.
We see a shift from big, monolithic software by large vendors to modular, highly specific components by smaller ones. This allows manufacturing companies to become more agile in the tools they use, ultimately allowing them to more easily find the best tool for the job.
PLCs are special computers designed to control industrial processes and machines. Software PLCs offer great communications functionality through communicating with other computer equipment or controllers.
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A traditional gantry system employs X-Y or X-Y-Z range of motion. Mounted on a base plate, usually granite, 2 parallel rails constitute the synchronized Y axis motion while the cross axis (bridge axis) provides the X motion. A vertical axis can be added on the bridge for the Z motion. A Split Bridge system can be less complex than a traditional gantry system because synchronization of the two parallel linear motors is not required. Both systems are used in industrial production, testing, and additive manufacturing.