How to secure your programmable logic controller

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

As security concerns increase in many sectors, including the factory automation space, getting up-to-speed with the different types of programmable logic controller security is imperative.

By creating and implementing an effective strategy to remain secure, you will likely avoid issues, downtime, and setbacks.  Continue reading How to secure your programmable logic controller

How to gather information before sending a part in to be repaired

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

Downtime is inevitable when it comes to machine automation.

When production stops, orders will likely stack up quickly, hitting start on the “profits lost” clock.

After the failed part is identified, many machine automation professionals would lean towards shipping the flawed part to get serviced as soon as humanly possible.  Continue reading How to gather information before sending a part in to be repaired

How to maintain automation machine tools

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric 

Properly maintaining automation machine tools and machine parts – such as Control Techniques Unidrives (main picture) – is the only way to avoid issues from a performance and durability perspective.

Whether it’s an attachment, cleaning or routine check-up, keeping machinery tools up-to-date is imperative.

Monstrous losses could very well occur from a business and production standpoint if maintenance is not prioritized.

This is something no one wants to run into.  Continue reading How to maintain automation machine tools

How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric

As many machine automation professionals know, deciding on which programmable logic controller to work with can be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make when organizing your control system.

There is no one size fits all equation, so are here are some guidelines I use.  Continue reading How to choose the most appropriate programmable logic controller for your industrial automation requirements

Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview

Contributed by MRO Electric, an independent factory automation distributor 

Fanuc Alarm keys: These keys are located on the machine panel that displays alarm intelligence for the machine panel. MRO Electric has several Fanuc part numbers starting with A06B, A20B, and A16B in-stock here. These keys differ from the alarm keys correlated with the control panel.

Fanuc Auto key: This is the key on the CNC machine (including the A16B, A17B & A20B product line) that reshapes the operation mode to automatic. Automatic mode authorizes an operator to contact and execute a part program stored in memory. Automatic mode is called memory mode on some CNC controls at times.

A safety function that determines if the tool has moved beyond its set boundaries. Forbidden zones can be programmed to specify areas where the tool can and cannot enter.  Continue reading Technical guide: Fanuc panel keyboard keys overview