Top 5 Control Engineering content: July 31-August 6, 2023 | Control Engineering

Control Engineering’s top 5 pieces of content over the past week covered PLC programming, Industry 4.0 and edge computing.

1. PLC programming language fundamentals for improved operations, maintenance

Programmable logic controller (PLC) programming languages help keep manufacturing operations running smoothly. Learn about the five types of PLC programming languages and how they’re used.

2. Is Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing working for you?

2023 marks a dozen years of Industry 4.0. Control Engineering asked an Industry 4.0 expert how companies can tell if they’re moving quickly enough toward smart manufacturing and digital transformation. Are Industry 4.0 benefits passing you by?

3. Turning smart devices into valuable IIoT devices

There are several ways to make a field device or a sensor “smart” and turning them into valuable IIoT devices.

4. Archived edge series: More answers about edge computing architectures, advantages

Archived version of the webcast “Edge series: Edge computing architectures, advantages” is available for viewing online; a summary of information offered follows along with more answers to audience questions about industrial edge computing architectures.

5. Automation upgrades reduce sortation system wiring and lower costs

NPI’s singulation and sortation solutions, which leveraged PC-based controls and EtherCAT, helped a California distribution center reduce difficult-to-fill labor requirements while increasing throughput and decreasing turnaround times.