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2119 White Paper: The Case for Intelligent Remote I/O

This white paper explores the use of intelligent remote I/O in industrial automation systems. Employing a distributed architecture, rather than centralized control, offers three advantages: minimizing single points of failure, spreading the load, and maximizing scalability.

The paper details applications that could be made more efficient by using built-in functions offered by intelligent remote I/O. It also gives a specific example of how distributed intelligence could be used in a PLC system.

6/5/2014
2107 Using Commercial Off-the-Shelf Mobile Devices in Industrial Automation

"Russian Roulette" or the "New Normal"?

Automation engineers on LinkedIn heatedly debate the pros and cons of using standard COTS smartphones and tablets in industrial settings. Meanwhile, industry analysts like Gartner and ARC Advisory Group forecast tremendous growth in BYOD (bring your own device) usage.

Are there reasons to use off-the-shelf mobile devices in industrial automation? What are the advantages and disadvantages, and what do you need to think about before moving ahead? This white paper discusses environmental, safety, security, connectivity, and other factors to consider and includes specific advice for choosing device types suited to your industrial application.

5/2/2014
2061 Building an HMI that Works: New Best Practices for Operator Interface Design

Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) are requiring a new standard in today’s automation industry. This white paper takes a look at the industry's new best practices for building an effective HMI. You'll find out what's wrong with most HMIs and why, see some of the research behind those that work, and learn specific ways to make yours better.

Whether you're starting an HMI from scratch or thinking about adding to or changing yours, the information in this paper will help you build an HMI that increases productivity, saves downtime, and avoids accidents.

3/6/2014
1767 I/O Solutions for Temperature Monitoring
This white paper describes various temperature sensors such as RTDs, thermocouples, ICTDs, thermistors, and infrared sensors, and the Opto 22 solutions for using them.
5/21/2013
1785 Expanding Allen-Bradley Systems with Intelligent Remote I/O
This white paper explores a new way to expand Allen-Bradley PLC systems, adding functionality as well as additional I/O, with less strain on the central PLC and little programming.
8/28/2012
1654 RFID: Beyond the Supply Chain
This white paper examines the use of RFID in industrial automation, process control, and manufacturing.
5/1/2012
1993 Energy Monitoring for Profit: Introducing Demand Response

This white paper introduces the concept of demand response (DR) in energy management. DR offers an opportunity for industrial and commercial businesses to not just reduce energy costs, but also earn a revenue stream from their use of electrical energy.

The paper briefly discusses how electrical energy is produced and distributed in the United States and then describes four practical steps automation professionals can begin now to take advantage of DR programs in their area.

3/30/2012
1914S Automatización y La Red Inteligente (Smart Grid): Gestión de Energía
Automatización y La Red Inteligente (Smart Grid): Gestión de Energía is a white paper in Spanish.

To read this white paper in English, see form 1914.

8/8/2011
1914 Automation and the Smart Grid: Energy Management Today

This white paper looks at the way electricity is produced in the United States today and the vision for a "Smart Grid" in the future.

The paper also discusses specific ways that small and medium-sized industrial and commercial businesses can manage electrical usage and costs today, without waiting for Smart Grid technology.

8/5/2011
1914P Automação e a Rede Inteligente (Smart Grid): Gestão de Energia

Automação e a Rede Inteligente (Smart Grid): Gestão de Energia is a white paper in Portuguese.

To read this white paper in English, see form 1914.

3/16/2011
1795 White Paper: Adding Process Control to a PLC-Based System
This white paper discusses the strengths of traditional programmable logic controller (PLC) systems and distributed control systems (DCSs). The paper weighs methods of adding process control to a PLC-based system and proposes distributed I/O processing as the best method. It also introduces intelligent remote SNAP I/O, which adds process control analog functions.
10/6/2010
1905 Monitoring and Control of Multiple EtherNet/IP Control Groups

This white paper, written by N-TRON Corporation, explains network architecture for process control networks using EtherNet/IP. Allen-Bradley Logix PLCs, for example, communicate using this protocol.

The white paper offers specific advice on configuring your network for better troubleshooting and control.

11/16/2009
1897 Designing a Reliable Industrial Ethernet Network

This white paper, written by N-TRON Corporation, considers several issues involved in designing an Ethernet network for industrial automation, including:

  • Choosing media (cable types)
  • Configuring redundant power supplies
  • Selecting switches and evaluating their features
  • Designing network topology
9/22/2009
1814 Overcoming Concerns about Wireless PACs and I/O in Industrial Automation

This white paper discusses four concerns engineers may have when considering the use of wireless Ethernet for industrial automation: security, network performance and reliability, availability and cost of I/O components, and the necessity of choosing between wired and wireless solutions up front.

The paper considers steps automation manufacturers could take to address these concerns and looks at the wired/wireless offering from Opto 22.

6/5/2009
1634C Understanding Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) in Industrial Automation (Chinese)

This document is written in Chinese.

This white paper describes the advent of the programmable automation controller (PAC) and its use in modern industrial applications.

For additional white papers on PACs, see the Guide to PACs.

2/9/2009
1785C Expanding Allen-Bradley Systems with Intelligent Remote I/O (Chinese)

This document is written in Chinese.

This white paper explores a new way to expand Allen-Bradley PLC systems, adding functionality as well as additional I/O, with less strain on the central PLC and little programming.

2/9/2009
1736C Software for Programmable Automation Controllers (Chinese)

This document is written in Chinese.

This white paper explores some important features of programming software for a programmable automation controller (PAC).

For additional white papers on PACs, see the Guide to PACs.

2/9/2009
1767C I/O Solutions for Temperature Monitoring (Chinese)

This document is written in Chinese.

This white paper describes various temperature sensors such as RTDs, thermocouples, ICTDs, thermistors, and infrared sensors, and the Opto 22 solutions for using them.

2/9/2009
1634 Understanding Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) in Industrial Automation
This white paper describes the advent of the programmable automation controller (PAC) and its use in modern industrial applications.

For additional white papers on PACs, see the Guide to PACs.
5/19/2008
1736 Software for Programmable Automation Controllers
This white paper explores some important features of programming software for a programmable automation controller (PAC).

For additional white papers on PACs, see the Guide to PACs.
2/6/2008
1733 Considerations for Choosing a Programmable Automation Controller (PAC)
This white paper compares programmable automation controllers (PACs) with other automation technologies and suggests several considerations to keep in mind when choosing PACs for your industrial control or monitoring application.

For additional white papers on PACs, see the Guide to PACs.
2/6/2008
1262 Ethernet and TCP/IP for Industrial Automation
This white paper helps you to understand and evaluate how Ethernet and TCP/IP technologies are used for Industrial Automation.
10/5/2005
1086 Comparison of DCS Architecture with Opto 22 Architecture
DCS White Paper
8/23/2005
1425 M2M and the Supply Chain
This white paper describes how the power and potential of M2M (machine-to-machine) technology can be used to improve enterprise supply chain activities. It also explains some of the processes involved, options to choose, and recent case studies showing how M2M is used today.
11/3/2004
1242 How to Extend the Reach of IT
Opto 22 developed the SNAP-IT system to connect Information Technology (IT) sysems to the real world of analog, digital, and serial devices. This white paper discusses applications and uses of SNAP-IT systems.
11/2/2004
1087 Comparison of PLCs and Ladder Logic with Opto 22 Hardware and Software
PLC White Paper
1/9/2001

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