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What is an Open PLC?

What is an Open PLC?

To program a PLC, I need to write a program on my computer and download it to the PLC. To be able to write the program on my computer, I need programming software, right? I can not just open up my laptop and start writing codes. For example, to write code in C++ on my...

Magnetic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

Magnetic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

Magnetic flow sensors are a very commonly used flow meter type that is useful in a wide range of applications and line sizes. Accurate and repeatable measurement of flow is a requirement for industrial processes, including feed streams, tank recirculation loops,...

Circuit Breaker Explained | Working Principle

Circuit Breaker Explained | Working Principle

Have you ever plugged in a blow dryer and suddenly boom… half of your house is now in the dark without any power?! You then go to the drawer where you keep your flashlights and find the electrical distribution panel, which is usually hidden somewhere behind a door or...

A First Look at the Low-Code Future of PLC Programming

A First Look at the Low-Code Future of PLC Programming

At RealPars, we focus on teaching automation engineers, controls engineers, and technicians the skills that they need to be successful in their careers both now and in the future. We are constantly collaborating with manufacturers to understand what the future of...

Omron Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation Visualization

Omron Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation Visualization

 In this article, you're going to learn how to use Omron Sysmac Studio 3D simulation function for your robatic applications. The 3D function is easily added to Sysmac Studio by way of a license from OMRON. We’ll give you more details on that later.Simulation of a...

How to Use Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance

How to Use Machine Learning for Predictive Maintenance

This article is a basic example of how machine learning can be used for predictive maintenance. You don’t need to be an engineer to understand this. It’s very basic and fun and you can understand it very easily. I promise. Let's start with a simple example. Let's say...

Laser Sensor Explained | Types and Working Principles

Laser Sensor Explained | Types and Working Principles

In this article, I will be talking about laser sensors. I will explain what laser sensors are, the basics of how they work, the different types of laser sensors, and I will give some examples of how laser sensors are used with automation.What is a laser sensor?A laser...

u-remote – Remote I/O System Modernization with Weidmüller

u-remote – Remote I/O System Modernization with Weidmüller

In this case study, we will look at the value of modernizing remote I/O systems based on the experience of a leading industrial company specializing in the storage and distribution of bulk liquid products.To respect this company’s privacy, we will not use their name...

Predictive Maintenance Explained

Predictive Maintenance Explained

What is predictive maintenance? Every device has a point of failure. What does that mean? Well, a new device fresh from the manufacturer is healthy and problem-free. Due to wear and tear on the device as it ages, its health slowly deteriorates and eventually it fails....

How to Read a Datasheet

How to Read a Datasheet

In this article, I will explain what a datasheet is. I will also give a few different use cases that a PLC programmer would use on a day-to-day basis.Datasheets can have many types and names, such as manual, user manual, datasheet, specifications, info card, and...

Variable Frequency Drives Explained | VFD Basics

Variable Frequency Drives Explained | VFD Basics

In this article, we will learn about VFD and its applications. We will also cover in detail the converter and the DC link. Finally, we will cover the IGBT module, and how PWM allows for AC output to the motor for precise motor speed control.AC motor rotational...

What is 6-Axis Simulation Software?

What is 6-Axis Simulation Software?

In this article, we will explain what 6-axis simulation software is, what it is used for, and the advantages and disadvantages of using it.Programming 6-axis robots is typically a hands-on process, using a teaching device that is usually in sight of the 6-axis robot....

PID Settings | Proportional-Only Control

PID Settings | Proportional-Only Control

In this article, we're going to look at the effects of Proportional-only action on a flow control loop. Proportional-only control is the simplest of the PID controller actions but is seldom used in industrial production processes. The problem with P-Only control is...

How to Wire a Thermocouple to a PLC | Thermocouple Wiring

How to Wire a Thermocouple to a PLC | Thermocouple Wiring

In this article, we're going to show you how to wire a thermocouple to a PLC analog input module. We’re also going to discuss thermocouple Cold Junction Compensation and challenges when working with Extension wires. Ok… Let’s kick things off with a quick review of...

Thermocouple Explained | Working Principles

Thermocouple Explained | Working Principles

In this article, we're going to walk you through one of the most commonly used temperature sensing devices… the thermocouple.We’ll discuss the basics of how they work, what you need to consider when choosing a thermocouple, and then the challenges associated with...

Pressure Transducer and Transmitter Wiring Explained

Pressure Transducer and Transmitter Wiring Explained

In this article, we're going to show you how to wire a few different pressure transducer and transmitter types to digital and analog PLC input modules. We’re also going to analyze a typical instrument field-wiring drawing to show you how PLCs are properly configured...

What is an End-of-Arm Tool (EOAT) in a Robot?

What is an End-of-Arm Tool (EOAT) in a Robot?

What is EOAT's meaning? In this article, we will explain the uses of an end-of-arm tool mounted on a 6-axis robot. We will also explain the applications of a 6-axis robot. In the next article, What is 6-Axis Simulation Software?, we will explain what 6-axis robots...

IIoT Implementation with Omron PLCs

IIoT Implementation with Omron PLCs

In this article, we're going to talk about how Machine Automation Controllers or PLCs are using Cloud Computing as part of the IIoT Implementation in the new Industrial Revolution, also referred to as Industry 4.0. We’ll look at how two industry-leading Omron...

Pressure Gauge Explained | Types of Pressure Gauges

Pressure Gauge Explained | Types of Pressure Gauges

In this article, we’re going to talk about a very common instrument found in the industry today, the Pressure Gauge.It would be difficult to walk through any industrial or food processing plant or manufacturing facility without seeing a pressure gauge of some...

What is a Pneumatic Actuator? | Types & Applications

What is a Pneumatic Actuator? | Types & Applications

In this article, we’re going to talk about pneumatic actuators. We’ll look closely at the operation and application of the most common pneumatic actuator, the spring/diaphragm linear pneumatic actuator.First of all, let’s look at Actuators in general. What is an...

PID Controller Explained

PID Controller Explained

In this article, we're going to talk about the PID Controller and its transformation from a single station device to what it has evolved into today. We’re going to explain why PID Controllers are used in industrial processes instead of simple ON/OFF Controllers.We’ll...

Introduction to Fanuc Robot

Introduction to Fanuc Robot

A Fanuc robot is a 6-axis robot that is manufactured by Fanuc Robotics. This robot can come in many shapes and sizes.A Fanuc robot normally comes from the factory with a coat of yellow paint.They can be other colors though. A green Fanuc robot will denote that it is...

What is Intrinsically Safe?

What is Intrinsically Safe?

What is intrinsically safe? In this article, we will explain what it means to be intrinsically safe. We will explain why being intrinsically safe is important to an automation professional. We will also explain where intrinsic safety should be considered. Then we will...

What is a 6-Axis Robot?

What is a 6-Axis Robot?

In this article, we will discuss industrial robots and what they are; and the mechanical and electrical parts of a 6-axis robot. We will cover robotic applications, simulation software, and manufacturers of industrial robots later.Characteristics of an industrial...

How does an Alternator Work?

How does an Alternator Work?

In this article, we’re going to talk about a major component of many electrical power or charging systems, the Alternator. In particular, we’re going to look closely at a typical vehicle alternator.We’ll look inside an alternator and examine all of its individual...

High-Performance HMI Colors | Palettes and Inspiration

High-Performance HMI Colors | Palettes and Inspiration

In this article, we are going to cover the proper use of HMI colors, color palettes, and inspiration of High-Performance HMI colors.The proper use of a color convention when developing an HMI is becoming more prevalent and is the subject of years of research, study,...

Introduction to Yokogawa DCS

Introduction to Yokogawa DCS

In this article, we're going to introduce you to a very popular Distributed Control System, the Yokogawa DCS Centum VP.DCS basic structure and componentsBefore we dig into the Yokogawa Centum VP, let’s have a quick look at the basic structure and components of a...

Introduction to Omron NX PLC and NJ PLC

Introduction to Omron NX PLC and NJ PLC

 In this article, we're going to introduce you to the NX and NJ series of Omron Controllers. The NX and NJ controllers are powerful as they combine both PLC and motion control functions into one package.PLC + Motion controlBefore we dive into the specifics of the...

Magnetic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

Magnetic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

Magnetic flow sensors are a very commonly used flow meter type that is useful in a wide range of applications and line sizes. Accurate and repeatable measurement of flow is a requirement for industrial processes, including feed streams, tank recirculation loops,...

Hydroelectric Power | How it Works?

Hydroelectric Power | How it Works?

Electricity is produced by a diversity of energy sources, and different types of technologies. We all have, at some point, heard about fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy sources such as hydroelectric power.According to the U.S. Energy Information...

Pt100 Sensor Explained | Working Principles

Pt100 Sensor Explained | Working Principles

Platinum 100, or Pt100, resistance temperature detectors are an important part of many process control installations. Accurate and repeatable measurement of temperature is a requirement for many processes, including heating and cooling, chemical reactions,...

Speed Droop in Power Control Explained

Speed Droop in Power Control Explained

In this article, we are starting with a broad view of an extremely important and complex concept, the speed droop.Electricity plays a significant role in our lives. From lightning rooms, maintaining comfortable temperature environments, to working domestic appliances,...

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