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Use the Raspberry Pi as a PLC for Automation

If you thought the popular single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is suitable only for children learning to write programs in computer languages, you need to think afresh. Vytas Sinkevicius is using the RBPi as a PLC for applications in automation. Increasingly, others are also using the RBPi as a PLC replacement in automation applications. Basically, the RBPi replaces the actual PLC, and works as the main controller. The design specifications for the RBPi PLC are: 8 digital Inputs Read more [...]

What is a Programmable Logic Controller?

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are miniature industrial computers. The hardware and software in a PLC are meant to perform control functions. Specifically, a PLC helps in the automation of industrial electromechanical processes. This includes controlling machinery on assembly lines in a factory, rides in an amusement park, or instruments in a food processing industrial establishment. Most PLCs are designed to facilitate multiple arrangements of analog and digital inputs and outputs. They Read more [...]

Integrated Motors Simplify Motion Control

With machines getting more robust, smaller, less expensive and more reliable, engineers are facing the challenges of designing newer types of motion control. One way of addressing such motion control challenges, without being an expert in mechatronics is to use integrated motion control systems. Typically, these solutions combine the motor, the drive and the system components within a single unit. The system components include the intelligence or motion controller and input outputs all onboard. The Read more [...]