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5 Important Uses of PLCs in Manufacturing

October 19, 2018

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) were invented in 1968 and have played a prominent role in manufacturing operations ever since.  PLCs are essentially industrial solid-state computers that monitor inputs and outputs, and makes logic-based decisions for automated processes or machines. Although this technology has been around for sometime, it’s still very much of a part of today’s industries. Here are five common uses of PLCs in today’s manufacturing.  

Women In STEP: Why Women Should Pursue Careers in Manufacturing

March 20, 2018

STEM (which is stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is becoming a buzzword nowadays. But what about STEP? As part of an initiative to promote women in manufacturing, The Manufacturing Institute launched the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production (STEP) Ahead Initiative in 2012 to showcase notable women in the industry.

Motion-Control and Robots Are Not the Same: Here’s an Explanation

March 14, 2018

Many people associate the term automation with robots, but it’s not always the case. Similar to how there are various types of pasta, there are different kinds of automation systems; this includes motion control and robotics system. These machines make our lives easier by completing repetitive tasks without human assistance, and are often found in the manufacturing industries. While they both may perform similar tasks, operating them is another story. Below are the differences between these two types of systems.