History of PLCs

Part Eight: Connecting PLCs to the .NET Environment

It all started with a thought: what if we mirror the PLC program into some higher-level framework? We knew that if we could do that, a whole slew of new opportunities in PLC programming would open up for us and for everyone else, too. The sky (and our coffee supplies) was the limit!

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History of PLCs

Part Seven: Why Beckhoff PLCs?

Among the existing systems, several solutions solve the issue of the object implementation we talked about last time. For us, the best solution comes from Beckhoff. The Beckhoff control systems are built on a sophisticated hardware solution for personal computers and a PLC core capable of running in hard real-time.

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History of PLCs

Part Six: PLC Performance Challenges

So, what do PLC systems need in order to walk alongside IT technologies?

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History of PLCs

Part Five: Will Industry 4.0 Save Us?

Some voices consider I4.0 to be another "buzzword" that will lose its meaning over time and fall into oblivion. We should acknowledge that I4.0 raised enormous expectations. The implementation? That still is a big unknown.

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History of PLCs

Part Four: What Can Australian Natives Teach Us About Modern PLCs?

PLC programmers are used to working with tools from a bygone era. Programming languages, approaches, and methods of programming; have gone through an evolution to attain development acceleration, testability, readability, and scalability of programs. The right and powerful tools enable you to deliver a solution faster, better, and cheaper.

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History of PLCs

Part Three: Differences in PLC Programming Languages

For newbies, we will briefly describe the ways of programming PLC systems. Programming methods are now described by a standard (IEC 61131-3), which most PLC manufacturers follow either with greater or lesser fidelity rates. There are multiple ways to approach this:

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History of PLCs

Part Two: PLCs are Challenged

Last time, we concluded that when they came into being; PLCs had four great advantages — however, over the years, this situation has changed.

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History of PLCs

Part One: Rise of the PLC Systems

PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) control systems now dominate industrial automation. They are managing anything from simple semi-automatic devices to the most complex systems like nuclear power plants.

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