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How to Choose a Controller

Originally Recorded on February 12, 2020 at 2PM ET

There was a time when controller selection was relatively straightforward: one or more PLCs controlled overall machine operations, and a dedicated motion controller handled the motion. Today, OEMs have significantly more options from which to choose. Some PLCs can also perform simple motion control, while some motion controllers can also perform simple machine control. Programmable automation controllers (PACs) increasingly aim to commoditize the control of machines with discrete motion, while smart drives present an option for distributed control that can replace a motion controller for certain applications. Meanwhile, in the era of software defined everything, industrial PCs can be used for motion control and machine control.

In this webinar, attendees can expect to learn:

  • The key controls options for motion control systems
  • The pros, cons, and ideal applications for each controller type
  • How to map from application requirements to actual controller specifications

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Webinar Presenter:

Kristin Lewotsky

Kristin Lewotsky
Contributing Editor for Motion Control Online

Kristin is a contributing editor for Motion Control Online and has written about motion control and automation for more than nine years. As a technical writer, she covers a variety of subjects ranging from memory and micro-electronics to nano-technology to lasers and photonics. Kristin previously worked as an engineer on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Telescope before switching to writing about technology. Kristin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and a Master’s in Optics and Photonics from the University of Central Florida.

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