Patti Engineering’s Feature in CONTROL Magazine: Advancing Edge Computing in Industrial Automation

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Don’t miss the “Little Edges and Big Edges” article in CONTROL magazine’s February issue. It features Patti Engineering’s latest creative solution for connecting legacy equipment to the cloud using Arduino microcontrollers, giving clients yet another tool for plant-floor data collection.

The article featured in the February issue of CONTROL magazine highlights Patti Engineering’s creative approach to incorporating lower-cost Edge devices into their portfolio of solutions for industrial automation and control systems. Patti Engineering, a certified member of the Control System Integrators Association, is using Arduino microcontrollers to enable the collection of data from legacy PLCs that do not have connectivity capability. The Arduino hardware collects data from simple I/O points from the equipment connected to the legacy PLC. It processes this data locally, and then wirelessly communicates it to cloud data collection services. 

Sam Hoff, CEO at Patti Engineering notes, “Of course, PLCs still have a big place in plant-floor control, but legacy devices aren’t intended to talk to the cloud, and it’s difficult for the cloud to talk to them. To enable these communications without removing existing components, we’re using low-cost Arduino hardware to help legacy devices provide some data manipulation and concatenation on the Edge.”

Patti Engineering recently announced a strategic partnership with Arduino, as a Platinum Partner in the Arduino System Integrators Partnership Program. The partnership is a collaboration based on Patti Engineering’s expertise in Industry 4.0, robotics, and control systems integration along with Arduino’s expansion into industrial product markets.

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Sam Hoff's Bio


Samuel M. Hoff, Chief Executive Officer, started the company from his home in 1991. Since then he’s expanded his business to more than 35 college-degreed engineers. Patti Engineering has engineering offices in Auburn Hills, MI, Austin, TX, and Indianapolis, IN.