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Software Etiquette

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When writing software, it’s important to write code that is organized and contains descriptive comments. This helps the code be more readable when the programmer goes back to it to […]

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Siemens Statue of Liberty Rescue Elevator

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It’s one of the most recognizable icons in the world and, as part of a $30 million dollar renovation project, the Statue of Liberty had its obsolete, 30-year-old rescue elevator […]

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Minor Upgrades, Major Improvement

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Blog post by Ryan Goad, Controls Engineer A couple of years ago, we completed a major retrofit of a database at a garment distribution facility.  In the last few months, […]

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What is the Cost of Waiting to Replace Obsolete Systems or Deferring Maintenance?

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Blog post by Lynn Minard, Director of Finance When thinking about replacing or completing maintenance on an obsolete system, the focus is often put on the cost of the new […]

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Tips for Learning New PLC Software

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Blog post by John Shipley As system integrators, there are multiple times when you will be tasked to learn something completely new. There’s no other feeling like opening a project […]

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Sam Hoff Chats with Tony Veroeven of CSIA During the Manufacturing in America Conference March 2018

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Patti Engineering’s CEO Sam Hoff featured in CSIA’s Talking Industrial Automation podcast Sam Hoff spoke with Tony Veroeven of CSIA for the Talking Industrial Automation podcast series during Siemens’ Manufacturing […]

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Sharing Solutions to Industrial Cyber Security Challenges

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In a recent Control Magazine multi-part series titled ‘You Can Be a Cybersecurity Badass,’ author Jim Montague explores how system integrators and end users are sharing best practices around cybersecurity […]

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Remote I/O: What and Why

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Blog post by Marc Bourque, Electrical Engineer What is Remote I/O? Remote I/O is the ability to control inputs and outputs that are not near the PLC. Most remote I/O […]

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Is Your System Recoverable?

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Blog post by Joe Palace, Senior Electrical Engineer Having a robust system is having a system that recovers well after a system fault. It’s the difference between minimal downtime and […]

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Mitigating the Challenges of Working on Production Equipment

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Blog post by our Auburn Hills engineers Does the idea of working on your production equipment send a million-dollar-a-minute shiver down your spine?  There are, of course, risks involved when […]

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Linking SQL Servers Saves Time

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Blog Post by Ryan Goad, Controls Engineer If you’re working on a system that accesses data on multiple servers, did you know that you can have one access point that […]

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Tricky Parameters for a Vision System: A Case in Point

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by Dan Bock, Controls Engineer Vision systems are tricky; they need to be reliable and accurate in any possible scenario.   Even in a favorable environment for a vision system, without […]

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Should I Use the Advanced Recipe Function in the GOT HMI?

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Blog Post by Terrance Brinkley, Director of Michigan Operations The Mitsubishi Electric GOT 1000 HMI offers the ability to create complex recipe data right within the HMI.  It’s a great […]

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Taking IO-Link to the Next Level

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Blog post by Ryan Hibbert, Controls Engineer If you’re wondering what IO-Link is, check out our first IO-Link post, here. IO-Link is making waves in industrial automation because it makes […]

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What’s So Great about IO-Link?

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Blog post by Ryan Hibbert, Controls Engineer You may have heard about IO-Link and have wondered what it is.  We have recently been working with a new line of IO-Link […]

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Five Reasons to Upgrade to Siemens SIMATIC S7 PLC

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  Reliability Sticking with a legacy system means taking a gamble that you can still rely on your system, its parts, and its maintenance. We had one customer who was […]

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Setting Up Reliable Monitoring for a Water and Wastewater System Using Phoenix Contact Radioline

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Blog Post by Patti Engineering Senior Engineer Nick Hitchcock, P.E Recently, we worked on a project to monitor and control equipment over distances.  In our case, we were controlling and […]

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O-O Approach For Industrial Automation Software Development

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Blog post by Shahrokh Yousefi, Controls Engineer, Patti Engineering Texas Office The Object-Oriented (O-O) approach to programming has long proven successful in software applications, but is not common in industrial […]

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Three Considerations for Programming a Control System Timer

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This week, several of us tackled programming solutions where timers were the linchpin.  On one project, a timer was extending cycle time, which caused a huge production back up.  Changing […]

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How to Save Time and Frustration When Configuring VFD Safety on Profinet

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Blog post by Nikhil Niphadkar, Controls Engineer, Patti Engineering Texas Office Industrial Engineering principle: “Do it right the first time”. I have seen people, including myself, struggle while configuring safety […]

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