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document VIA Wiring Diagram - Sharing Menus with Multi Users on a Network
I've been fortune enough to use a copy of VIA Wiring Diagram since release 14.0. In case your unaware, VIA Wiring Diagram (WD) is an electrical diagram drawing tool that automates a tremendous amount of work for Control Engineers. In our case, VIA WD has saved us up to 50% of electrical design...
01 Aug, 2014 Comments: 0
document How to avoid Library Problems with Maple Systems HMI
I've been using Maple Systems HMI screens for about a month now. I am starting to grow fond of the screens and their features for no more than what we use them in our typical applications. Generally we need an HMI screen to connect to a single PLC such as an Allen Bradley Micrologix 1000 or 1500. ...
01 Aug, 2014 Comments: 1
document How to find the Fuel Door on Your Rental Car
I know what your thinking. What's this have to do with automation? If you're like me you travel a lot. You probably find yourself test-driving a lot of cars by the way of rental cars. Life would be simpler if they would just put the gas tank fuel door on the same side of the car for every make and...
13 Oct, 2010 Comments: 2
document First Experience - Associated Research HyPot III
For those of you that aren't familiar with my writing style, this article is what I call my first experiences. This does not mean this product is brand new on the market, but rather the first time I've personally had an integration application using this product. I will also share my learning curve...
10 Apr, 2008 Comments: 0
document Industrial Control Safety
Industrial Control Safety or How to Scare the Bejeesus Out of Me by Jim Rowell I received a set of prints recently from a well-known manufacturer. You won't find a more professional organization than this. Their factories are clean, organized and staffed by highly trained people who seem to...
13 Oct, 2010 Comments: 14
document How to Convert a BridgePort CNC Video Screen to a SVGA LCD
Sometimes for me carrying a "Controls Engineering" title also entitles me to working on our own equipment such as CNCs, LATHEs, and EDMs. A CNC machine is nothing more than a multi-axis servo controlled machine run by a standard PC with some fancy motion software, pretty simple for the...
29 Jul, 2004 Comments: 1
document First Experience - Telesis TMP1700/420 PINSTAMP Marking System
For those of you that aren't familiar with my writing style, this article is what I call my first experiences. This does not mean this product is brand new on the market, but rather the first time I've personally had an integration application using this product. I will also share my learning curve...
13 Oct, 2010 Comments: 6
document How to Keep Your PLC Programming Cables Organized
This might be hard to believe, but I've been around automation for 10 years. In that 10 year period I have learned that organization is a must for everything, even your programming cables. There is nothing more frustrating than being in a hurry to catch a last minute flight and trying to find a...
13 Jun, 2004 Comments: 6
document First Experience - QuadTech LR2000 milliohm Tester
For those of you that aren't familiar with my writing style, this article is what I call my first experiences. This does not mean this product is brand new on the market, but rather the first time I've personally had an integration application using this product. I will also share my learning curve...
13 Oct, 2010 Comments: 1