27 Nov 2018
There are so many great features about the ABB ACH580 that you may not be aware of. My favourite has to be the inclusion of the ‘Other’ selection.
26 Nov 2018
Traditionally Red Lion P16 could be used to send a 4-20mA signal to any engineering device via simple display with up/down pushbuttons. As P16 is now obsolete, the suggested replacement is Red Lion PXU panel meters. There are two ways to generate a controlled analogue output with PXU depending on the model.
2 Nov 2018
Crimson programming and configuration software for Red Lion HMIs and Data Stations, generally have a conversion between different hardware models. However, due to complex nature of devices that accept plug-in modules such as Graphite HMI or Modular controller conversion to and from these to Graphite Edge controllers is limited. More
2 Nov 2018
When your ACS355 displays a fault, don’t just get frustrated, a large proportion of the time it’s just asking you to make sure the environment’s correct, so you don’t end up with a melted chunk of plastic instead of an advanced control device. More
22 Oct 2018
Unitywater owns 17 sewerage treatment plants (STPs) across Queensland which includes the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions. They provide its customers with a high-quality, safe and reliable water and sewerage service that is economically and environmentally sustainable. Today water authorities are facing ever-increasing pressures to increase their quality of service and reduce maintenance costs.
22 Oct 2018
Like tea and coffee, both PLCs and PACs are used for the same purpose. They are industrial computers that have been adapted for use in manufacturing environments. Both systems can control automation equipment in factories to a highly reliable degree. PLCs have been used by manufacturing industries for over 40 years. PACs are a newer addition to the automation market and are generally more complex systems than PLCs. However, many industry professionals believe that PAC is just another name for a state-of-the-art PLC because advancements in modern technology have shortened the gap between the two. More
19 Oct 2018
Safety has always been a concern when using robots. A robot, due to its high force and speed is a dangerous machine and therefore a safety concern. Robot use is safer these days owing to works that have been done and the new safety regulations that have been developed. However, the fact that robots nowadays can work alongside humans increases the risk of injuries. A specific type of robot, called “force limited robot”, is developed nowadays to work safely alongside people. More
18 Oct 2018
Whether you’re working from home, picking up e-mails on the go or away on business, it’s usually possible to remotely access you company’s network. Though easy to implement in many enterprises, complexity and security present hefty barriers to many industrial businesses. This article discusses secure remote access and the challenges it presents.
Industry 4.0 provides an opportunity for manufacturers to obtain detailed insights on production. Based on data from connected devices, plant managers can spot inefficiencies, reduce costs and minimise downtime. To do this effectively, it is useful to be able to access data and information remotely. However, this can present challenges in keeping operations secure.
17 Oct 2018
A smart grid is a modernised electrical grid that uses automated digital communications technology to gather and act on real-time data about the behaviours of suppliers and consumers. The monitoring, analysis and control capabilities that come with a modernised grid ultimately improve the reliability, economics and overall sustainability of the production and distribution of electricity.
Originally, the electric power grid was a centralised unidirectional system, but in the 20th century, local grids grew and were eventually interconnected to boost efficiency and reliability and establish load balances between different plants, consumers, and countries. To employ reliable communications networks in densely populated areas with high amounts of distribution lines in mesh topologies, wireless technologies are the most suitable communication technology. More
16 Oct 2018
Tosibox have finally made the Lock 500 available to Australia, and we are one of the first in the world to receive it. It combines their patented ‘simple-and-secure’ remote access solution with an integrated LTE modem plus an industrial sturdy design. It’s been designed for industrial environments, and Tosibox claim this is one of, if not the easiest systems to build and manage secure IoT infrastructures. It perfectly fits security and office networking sectors. If you check out their website and marketing materials, you’ll see that it’s an incredibly easy product to understand and utilise.
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