The Difference Between Microcontrollers and PLCs

Look in almost any automated factory today and you’re bound to see machinery running on PLCs (programmable logic controllers). Their rugged durability has made them prime assets on production floors. Another contender, microcontrollers, carry very similar functionality to PLCs—and also have their uses.  But while this small, single-chip computing device has an edge on PLCs…

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Decentralized Production: The Future of Industry

Crises have a way of shining a light on outdated or problematic modes of doing things, especially in hindsight—but sometimes as they’re ongoing as well. The pandemic caused by COVID-19 provides an excellent example.  As automation production went global, select areas became key production hubs. This centralized production, once thought to buoy process control and…

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5 Questions a Good Control Systems Integrator Should Answer

Control systems integration calls for both experience and efficiency to ensure a project’s success. Staying under budget, within deadlines, and in line with (or even above) expectations depends on a qualified control systems integrator who knows the keys to successful integration. As you vet prospective control systems specialists, they should answer these core questions.  How…

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How (And Where) To Find Expertise in Booming Industries like Biogas

Let’s pretend you have a cable bundle at your house. The cable company gave you their top-of-the-line, next-generation technology, but it’s Friday night and you’re having issues. Shocking, right? Your internet connection is in and out, your TV picture is staticky, and your remote won’t change channels. You pick up the phone and call tech…

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