Safety Basics – Conventional vs Combined Safety

Safety PLCs are special controllers built and certified to meet international safety requirements such as NFPA 79,  IEC 62061, IEC 13849-1 or IEC 61508. All of these safety standards define levels of risk reduction. Conventional Safety PLC Principle The original safety PLC concept required that normal PLCs and standard I/O could not be mixed with safety PLCs and safety components in the same network. […]

Process Automation Background

Process Industry Automation history The “Process Industry” includes the waste water treatment, food & beverage, chemical, oil & gas, and pulp & paper industries. In the past, plant operators had to physically monitor performance values and the quality of outputs to determine the best settings on which to run production equipment. Process automation simplified this with the help of sensors at thousands […]

Getting Started with PROFINET Development

We need to put PROFINET on our device.  Where do we start? This is a question we field nearly every week, and this section gives you the background, resources and contacts to get up and moving with your PROFINET project. There are lot of resources out there explaining the process of developing a PROFINET product.  In addition to PROFINET University, […]