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Learn About Distributed Control with SoftPAC

SoftPAC software-based controller for PC-based control

If you're interested in PC-based control, but you're not sure how it'll fit in with the rest of your control system, join us for this 10,000-foot view.

You can leverage the power of your PC for control in several ways, including using cloud-based storage applications and even mobile devices.

It's great to have instant access to any data on just about any device. But what's the best way to gather that data in the first place? Or to make the best use of the hardware and processing power already in your system?

In this Distributed Control with SoftPAC webinar, we'll explore ways to:

  • Save time and minimize risk with options built into hardware you already own
  • Save money and worry by distributing intelligent control functions automatically
  • Connect to other systems quickly and easily with minimal programming
  • Work with time-critical applications

Webinar: Distributed Control with SoftPAC
Date & Time: Thursday, November 15, 2012, 11:00 a.m. PST (UTC-08:00)
Duration: 30 minutes plus Q&A
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Interview: Track Energy Like Other Product Costs

Opto 22 shows energy monitoring at Southern Automotive Conference

Most manufacturing plants treat energy as simply an overall cost of doing business. But they track other factors for producing products—like labor and cost of raw materials—in detail.

Opto 22's Arun Sinha suggests that energy monitoring should be an integral part of process control and manufacturing.

In a recent interview at the Southern Automotive Conference, Arun introduces the idea of treating energy as another variable cost in production. It's now possible to monitor energy usage in detail, so you know exactly what an individual part or process costs you in terms of energy and can ultimately manage and reduce that cost.

A lot of information is packed into this 10-minute interview, sponsored by OptoPartner Advanced Control Solutions (ACS) from Marietta, Georgia.

Listen to the interview on energy.



Intro to SoftPAC Webinar Now on YouTube

Introduction to SoftPAC Webinar

Does your application log a lot of data, require intensive mathematical calculations, or continually read and write to files?

If so, and if you missed our recent webinar introducing the software programmable automation controller SoftPAC, you'll want to watch the archived webinar.

SoftPAC takes advantage of a PC's speed and file capacity to handle certain applications better than a hardware PAC.

In this Introduction to SoftPAC Webinar you'll learn:

  • What SoftPAC is and how it compares to a hardware PAC
  • What applications will benefit from a software controller, and why
  • How to configure and use SoftPAC
  • How to leverage the power of your PC + PAC

Watch the Introduction to SoftPAC webinar on YouTube.



Tech Tip: Cool it! — Maximizing SSR Effectiveness

Keep your Opto 22 SSRs cool for safety and effectiveness

Cooling of any device is always an issue when current and voltage are applied to it, and SSRs and the devices they control are no exception.

All SSRs have thermal rating curves that determine the maximum load current for the particular installation. Regardless of the rating printed on the SSR, higher ambient temperatures decrease the amount of current that can be passed through and can shorten the life of the SSR.

If your application uses low-current SSRs and small pieces of hardware, the concern may be less, but it's always wise to check the environment and make sure the hardware can operate at its highest effective rate.

Before installation, check the thermal rating curves in the Opto 22 SSR data sheet. These graphs and tables show the effective ranges of operation for each type of SSR.

When you look at these tables you'll notice that ambient temperature and the presence or absence of a heat sink play big roles in how the SSR can be rated for current.

Opto 22 SSR with built-in heatsink

Here are some suggestions to keep your SSRs cool:

  • Check the thermal rating curves in the SSR data sheet and compare them with the ambient temperature where the SSR will be located. Try to choose a cabinet or area that is well ventilated.
  • Use a heat sink, such as the SSR-HS. Some SSRs, like the one shown at right, are available with an integral heat sink.
  • Take advantage of natural air flow by mounting the SSR and heat sink so the base is on a vertical surface and the SSR's text label is horizontal.
  • Use a thermally conductive pad or thermally conductive grease between the SSR and the heat sink.
  • Allow adequate room between SSRs so that heat does not build up.
  • Use the torque specs in the SSR data sheet when tightening the screw terminals.

So take a look at your SSRs and the environment they're in, and see what you can do to keep it cool for long life and maximum effectiveness.

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