The Benefits of Digital PLCs in Industrial Automation

April 1, 2024
Phoenix Contact’s Ted Thayer and MxD’s Eric Kozikowski explore the efficiency, connectivity and technical intricacies of digital programmable logic controllers.

In the realm of industrial automation, there is a shift toward digital programmable logic controllers (PLCs) for increased efficiency and connectivity, focusing on data-driven decision making and real-time control.

Ted Thayer, principal product marketing specialist for control with Phoenix Contact and Eric Kozikowsi, lead systems integration engineer at MxD spoke with Power & Motion about the benefits of digital PLCs, including: 

  • Flexibility in coding languages for ease of use and integration 
  • Connectivity with protocols such as MQTT for data sharing and usability  
  • Built-in edge computing capabilities for data visualization and control.

READ MORE: PLC vs. Motion Controllers

In this first of a three-part interview, Thayer and Kozikowski cover the software-centric approach with open operating systems and the varied form factor integration with components such as HMIs (human machine interfaces) and Ethernet switches.

They also discuss how to handle the updating of virtual PLCs, including the control engine residing on the hardware for firmware updates as well as opting for a cloud-based approach. Because the logic of virtual PLCs often reside in a VM-type environment, this enables easy access, modification and updates for safety and security patches. 

Watch additional parts of this interview series with Ted Thayer of Phoenix Contact and Eric Kozikowski of MxD:

Sponsored Recommendations

MONITORING RELAYS — TYPES AND APPLICATIONS

May 15, 2024
Production equipment is expensive and needs to be protected against input abnormalities such as voltage, current, frequency, and phase to stay online and in operation for the ...

All-In-One DC-UPS Power Solutions

March 13, 2024
Introducing the All-In-One DC-UPS, a versatile solution combining multiple functionalities in a single device. Serving as a power supply, battery charger, battery care module,...

Motor Disconnect Switches

March 13, 2024
With experienced Product Engineers and Customer Service personnel, Altech provides solutions to your most pressing application challenges. All with one thought in mind - to ensure...

DC Power Solutions: Streamlined Power Supplies for Every Need

March 13, 2024
CBI All In One UPS Power Solutions combine the requirements for several applications in just one device which can be used as power supply unit, battery charger, battery care module...