Industrial Control

What are the Leading Cobot Applications?

Because cobots are such a new automation category, countless innovative applications are possible. Many manufacturing tasks done by people can be improved by incorporating...

What is the Difference Between a Robot and a Cobot?

Traditional industrial robots are big, fast and strong, able to effortlessly handle welders and automobile assemblies. Cobots are none of those things but are...

What is a Cobot?

Popular media has familiarized most people with the powerful efficiency of traditional industrial robots, and collaborative robots are an evolution of the technology optimized...

Sensor Connections: PNP versus NPN and Sourcing versus Sinking

Since so many typical industrial automation sensors operate at 24 Vdc, it is important to understand two of the main variations of these solid-state...

PLC Analog Programming

Using PLCs to monitor and control analog signals takes their functionality to the next level but requires a little extra design effort. Originally conceived for...

Industrial Control Panel Power Distribution and Conditioning

Electrical power usually enters industrial control panels as one or more main circuits and must be properly converted and distributed based on the equipment...

Industrial Control Panel Grounding and Bonding

Good industrial control panel grounding practices can be easily applied to improve safety and performance, but are often overlooked, leading to problems. Proper grounding for...

PLC Discrete Programming

Although today’s PLCs can do so much more, they still excel at their original purpose of executing discrete on/off logic. The introduction of programmable logic...

PLC Hardware and Software

PLC hardware and software often lag behind cutting-edge consumer technology to ensure reliability, but are rapidly gaining ground in many areas. As noted in the...