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

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

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.Those who are not yet acquainted with 6-axis robots might not know what an end-of-arm tool is. An end-of-arm tool has...

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?

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 provide a few examples of...

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.The proper use of a color convention when developing an HMI is becoming more prevalent and is the subject of years of research, study, and even...

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...

Ultrasonic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

Ultrasonic Flow Meter Explained | Working Principles

There are many types of process flow meters. Coriolis mass flow meters; positive displacement flow meters, such as turbine meters; and volumetric flow meters, like the ultrasonic flow meter, just to name a few.In fact, there are at least eighteen different types of...

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,...

Introduction to Ignition SCADA

Introduction to Ignition SCADA

In this article, we’re going to talk about a SCADA software called Ignition by Inductive Automation. We’ll learn what Ignition is and what makes it unique from other SCADA software applications. Then, we’ll dive into how the Ignition SCADA platform works by going over...

What is an Interlock?

What is an Interlock?

In this article, we will explain what interlocks are. We will describe the different types of interlocks and give a few examples. After reading this article, you should understand what an interlock is and how to use it while programming and also designing systems.What...

How to Build an ISA100 Wireless Product

How to Build an ISA100 Wireless Product

Have you ever wondered what it takes to develop and test wireless instruments and devices for the most demanding industrial applications? The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute helps instrument and device manufacturers significantly reduce the time, cost, and effort...

What is a Contactor? | Working Principles

What is a Contactor? | Working Principles

In this article, we will be talking about contactors. We will explain what a contactor is and how they work. We will also explain how to wire a contactor and the difference between a contactor and a relay.What is a contactor?A contactor is a device that is for making...

Photoelectric Sensor Wiring, Setup, and Troubleshooting

Photoelectric Sensor Wiring, Setup, and Troubleshooting

In this article, we will be talking about the photoelectric sensor wiring and setup. We will be talking about the 24-volt DC Through-Beam, Retroreflective, and Diffused photoelectric sensors. These are the three basic types of photoelectric sensors and they come in...

PLC Counter Programming for Beginners

PLC Counter Programming for Beginners

In this article, I will be talking about PLC counter. I will explain what PLC counters are, how they work, the different types of counters, and give some examples of how they are used.PLC counters are internal PLC instructions that can be used to count input or output...

Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Explained

Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) Explained

In the world of industrial automation, a Factory Acceptance Test or FAT is simply a test for a newly manufactured control system that takes place at your factory or your workshop before you ship the control panel to the customer. With a Factory Acceptance Test, you...

Pressure Switch Explained | Types of Pressure Switches

Pressure Switch Explained | Types of Pressure Switches

In this article, we're going to talk about different types of pressure switches and how they operate. Ok… Let’s go… Pressure sensor familyDepending on who you talk to, pressure switches fall under the Pressure Sensor category. Some people will tell you that a Pressure...

PLC Timer Programming for Beginners

PLC Timer Programming for Beginners

In this article, we will be talking about the PLC timer. We will explain what PLC timers are, how they work, the different types of timers, and give some examples of how they are used.PLC timers are internal PLC instructions that can be used to delay input and output...

Electrical Grounding Explained | Basic Concepts

Electrical Grounding Explained | Basic Concepts

In this article, we're going to discuss the commonly used, but often misunderstood term, Ground. Proper electrical grounding is a critical safety measure in all electrical systems and installations.Different names for GroundThere are lots of different names for...

HMI Philosophy | Development of High-Performance HMI

HMI Philosophy | Development of High-Performance HMI

Welcome back to our series of High-Performance HMI. In the previous installments, we covered the current state of HMI’s and justification of change to High-Performance HMI as well as the Fundamentals of High-Performance HMI and High-Performance HMI standards. In this...

Phoenix Contact PLCnext | How to Configure the I/O Modules

Phoenix Contact PLCnext | How to Configure the I/O Modules

This is the third of a series of articles about the Phoenix Contact PLCnext Starterkit. You can order a Starterkit from the RealPars Marketplace.  In this article, we’re going to accomplish two things: First, we're going to take you through the steps to ensure that...

Boolean Logic to PLC Function Blocks | Fundamentals

Boolean Logic to PLC Function Blocks | Fundamentals

Have you ever wondered how skilled PLC Programmers create, install and test programs when presented with complex system requirements? Today’s successful PLC programmers possess knowledge and skills in electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. In addition to...

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