Posted tagged ‘programmable logic controller’

Why You Should Use Safety PLC

April 23, 2015

I’ve heard a lot of talk recently about safety PLCs. When should I use a safety PLC and when should I just use individual safety controllers? Well a lot of that has to do with your particular machine that you’re trying to guard.

If you have multiple zones on a machine, for example there’s 3 or 4 different doors that can be opened in order to clear a jam or maybe there’s some covers over different components that are spinning or possible pinch points, you’re typically going to protect those with some sort of safety device. Maybe it’s a safety switch or safety light curtain, each one of those are typically going to have a controller tied to it in order to monitor it and check for faults and ensure if someone opens a door or removes a cover that the machine stops in a safe manner.

If you’re dealing with a large machine where there may be multiple zones or multiple covers that you want to be guarding at the same time, you might choose to shut down only part of a machine if a certain event happens. In that case you can use a safety PLC. Just like its counterpart, the regular programmable logic controller or a PLC, you can wire in various inputs which would be like safety interlock switches, safety mats, safety light curtains and actually write a program that decides how to respond when it gets an input from one of those devices. For example, you can have a guard on one end of the machine open and it shuts down just that portion of the machine while it leaves the rest of the machine free to run.

Typically the breaking point is if you got more than 3 safety controllers on a given machine you probably want to start looking at a safety PLC. Very, Very, easy to implement, easy to program, and gets the job done.

If you’d like to learn more about how safety PLCs could help you in your application, take a look at innovativeidm.com. We would be glad to help and remember we are Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

5 Ways Temperature Controllers Help Industrial Automation

January 28, 2015

Hi, my name is Andy Lewis with Innovative-IDM, and today I’d like to talk to you about that dime-a-dozen controller located in your plant that is often overlooked, and generally serves its purpose day in and day out. Although they may break down occasionally, I want to make sure that you’re choosing the right temperature controller for the right application.

There are four categories of temperature controllers. There’s the general purpose, the economy, a modular version and the PLC version. All of these have features, benefits and advantages. For the most part, they are all going to have a basic alarm system. Some of them are going to have a more advanced PID-Loop, ramp, soak, temperature changes. And, for the most part, whenever it comes down to the alarms that they put out or the amount of thermo-regulators that they can input within their own controller, the number increases.

General purpose controllers meet a wide range of applications; generally needs for the food processing industry, packaging, extruders, semi-conductors, etc. They’re around there, they’re a dime-a-dozen, you see them all the time.

Next up, is more the economy type and they are relatively simple in function. They don’t have all the bells and whistles that all the other ones are going to have. They are basically going to be able to tell you “Hey! My temperature is this, I need to be at this level, and I’m going to get to this level over this amount of time.” That’s it.

Next, is a modular type, which allows you to have increased capability or decreased capability based upon changes in the application, changes in the product, etc. It all comes down to how many thermo-regulators and controllers you use in conjunction with each other.

Finally, is the PLC version, which is the most advanced version and has the PID instruction in it. Basically, what it means is that it’s very advanced in the way it controls, how tightly it controls the temperature, how quickly it raises it, how quickly it lowers it, etc. That’s whenever the application has a very crucial temperature that can’t go above or below say one or two percent.

I hope this set of categories for the temperature controllers helps you out. If you need any more information, please go to our Knowledge Center at innovativeidm.com and once again, my name is Andy Lewis. Remember, Innovative-IDM is Home of the Legendary Customer Experience.

Omron PLC training coming to Tulsa April 2014

April 10, 2014
Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training classes are coming to Tulsa April 22 & 23! These classes sold out in Dallas, Houston and Tennessee earlier this year – reserve your seat today!  Visit our training website at www.innovativeidm.com/training for more Omron PLC training class dates.

Tulsa Omron Basic & Intermediate PLC  Training
Two classes to choose from!
April 22, 2014  Basic PLC
April 23, 2014  Intermediate PLC
8:30 am to 4 pm each day
Innovative-IDM Training Center – Tulsa
$349 per class or attend both classes for $449!
(includes catered lunch and PLC hardware)

How easy is it to sign up for Tulsa PLC training? Send us an email at marketing @iidm.com or give us a call at 877.906.2100 and sign up now!

Omron PLC training Tulsa April 22 and 23, 2014

Omron PLC training coming to DFW in March

February 25, 2014

Coming to DFW on March 25 & 26 – Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training. The PLC is one of our most popular classes of the year – these classes sold out in Houston and Tennessee earlier this year.  Act now and reserve your seat today!

DFW Basic and Intermediate Omron PLC Training
Two classes to choose from!
March 25, 2014 Basic PLC
March 26, 2014 Intermediate PLC: CX Programmer – Intermediate Techniques & Troubleshooting
8:30am to 4pm each day
$349 per class or attend both classes for $449

Plus, you leave with $230 in actual hardware and software! How easy is it to sign up for DFW PLC training? Send us an email at marketing@iidm.com or call 877.906.2100 to sign up NOW.

Omron PLC training Dallas Fort Worth

Omron CS1D The Dual-Redundant PLC System

August 30, 2013

Omron CS1D Dual-Redundant PLC System

CS1D adds a number of dual-redundancy options to the well-proven CS1 architecture to ensure around-the-clock operation without minimal downtime. Duplex CPUs, with or without loop control functions, are continuously cross-checked for errors, without the need for special programs to be written by the user. An even simpler way to increase system availability is to use dual power supply units. Hot swapping of CPUs, power supplies and I/O units allow system maintenance with little or no process interruption.

For more information or to order your Omron CS1D The Dual-Redundant PLC System contact Innovative-IDM.

Omron PLC training back in Memphis

August 14, 2013

Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training classes are coming to Memphis on September 10 & 11.  Only 12 seats available for these popular classes – reserve your seat today!  For a current schedule of our training classes, check out www.innovativeidm.com/training anytime.

September 10, 2013 – Omron Basic PLC 
September 11, 2013 – Omron Intermediate PLC: CX Programmer – Advanced Techniques and Troubleshooting
8:30 am to 4 pm
Hampton Inn Wolfchase Galleria
2935 N Germantown Road, Bartlett, TN 38133
$329 per class or attend both classes for $429 (includes catered lunch)

To reserve your seats for the Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training in Memphis, give us a call at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at marketing@iidm.com.

Omron PLC training Memphis September 10 and 11

Omron PLC training coming to Houston

July 23, 2013

Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training is coming back to Houston on August 20 & 21 – these classes sold out in one day when we offered it earlier this year.  Only 12 seats available – reserve yours today!  Check out our current training class schedule at www.innovativeidm.com/training anytime.

August 20, 2013 – Omron Basic PLC
August 21, 2013 – Omron Intermediate PLC: CX Programmer – Advanced Techniques & Troubleshooting
8:30 am to 4 pm
Innovative-IDM Training Room
13770 Hollister Road, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77086
$299 per class or attend both classes for $399 (includes catered lunch)

To reserve your seats for the Omron Basic and Intermediate PLC training in Houston, give us a call at 877.906.2100 or send us an email at marketing@iidm.com.

Omron PLC training in Houston August 20 and 21