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Encapsulated Data in Automation Programming

Posted by Jeff Monforton on January 8, 2013 @ 8:50 am

One problem we face when developing an automation solution is managing and organizing the vast amounts data that are needed. This applies to numerous scenarios, whether it is developing a tracking system, controlling conveyors, or discrete machine control. Not only is the organization of the data important to the control system directly, graphics development is equally concerned. When presented with the challenge of developing a new automation solution, one of the first, and easiest traps to fall into is jumping into code development too quickly. This usually happens right after the I/O list is roughed in. The general mentality is that the code has to be finished ASAP to allow the graphics folks to get working on the screens and animation, but let’s think about an alternative approach. Modern control processors offer significant improvement over the typical PLCs of the past. Thes...

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