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  • Avoid a Control Panel Redesign
    When motion network communications contain errors or create alarms, consider four quick-fix alternatives before redesigning a control panel. These include looking at the problem and solutions, checking wiring and settings, trying latency quick fixes, and trying noise-related quick fixes.
  • Open Network Eliminates Tray-Loader Wiring Problems
    that snaked back to the junction block and the control panel. This strategy was expensive and space consuming. Connections to the articulating robot were difficult as well. Robot makers provide only a limited number of conductors to control end-of-arm (EOA) tooling, problematic because Distech offers
  • Lower Control Voltages Reduce Shock Hazard
    Motor controllers running on 24 Vdc, such as the Cutler-Hammer Intelligent Technologies (IT) Soft Starter, weigh only 9 lb and can fit inside an 18-in. motor-control center. The bypass contactor and the overload relay are integrated into the controller, saving panel space and wiring costs
  • Connecting Sensors Over Ethernet
    Direct wiring methods are commonly used for simple on-off device control, where a circuit is either open or closed. A typical example would be the wiring used for a light switch. Likewise, digital sensors are usually wired directly to monitoring panels in the world of industrial automation
  • Guide on Shielding, Grounding, and Design Techniques in Factory Automation (.pdf)
    responsibility for avoiding EMI problems will inevitably fall to the control system integrator. This guide describes panel layout, wiring, grounding, and shielding techniques that we have found effective in designing and building motion control systems. As in all engineering designs, compromise between
  • Sweet words: You're fired
    the door in short order. It was during that summer I learned that firing people can be a good thing. We worked with industrial control panels that carried potentially lethal voltages and currents. There was an informal watch-out-foryourbuddy system as a matter of safety. When you were wiring a panel

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