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Blogs about Industrial Applications

Blogs about Industrial Applications

  • Arduino based PLC from Industrial Shields

    RS Components

    Industrial Shields manufactures open source industrial hardware to build machines, designs and installations in industrial automation and process control. Industrial Shields PLCs and Panel PCs are based on the most popular open source boards such as Arduino Leonardo, Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi and Hummingboard; moreover, they support open source operative systems like Android and Linux.


    • MOULD: Not just found on food


      In this blog post Lapp Group highlight the stringent hygiene requirements of the food and beverage industry and why it is important to apply these requirements to the cables and cable accessories within the factories. The build up of microbes and the damage from water can have a profound effect on the cable applications of the machinery in these plants. Lapp Group offer a innovative solution using cables made from ROBUST materials.


      • Design & Build


        How to both design and build your very own prototype models using DesignSpark Mechanical CAD software and an EnvisionTEC Micro XL printer.


        • PID Control in Flowcode


          PID control is used extensively in industry to control machinery and maintain working environments etc. The fundamentals of PID control are fairly straightforward, but implementing them in practise can prove to be a uphill struggle. In this article we provide a clear explanation of how PID control works and also a couple of Flowcode example files designed to demonstrate how PID control is performed.


          • FORTHdsPIC and a ‘Kill Switch’

            Bill Marshall

            In my last post I described how to get FORTdsPIC running on wheels, seeking out light while avoiding bumping into the furniture. In other words making it an autonomous vehicle, admittedly somewhat lacking in intelligence, but able to make directional decisions based on data from its sensors. A feature of such a vehicle is that it starts working from power on, so how do you bring it to a stop without just turning the power off?


            • Matrix MIAC Controlled Door Lock


              Many people don't realise the MIACs potential for real world, everyday applications. In this article readers are shown how the versatile MIAC device, coupled with the powerful programming language of Flowcode, can be used to quickly and easily develop an electronic door lock with password security, and all running at 12V!