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Tips for Working with Legacy Technology On Site

Here’s the situation: you are on site, working on a project. You have encountered equipment that is nearly as

Software Etiquette

When writing software, it’s important to write code that is organized and contains descriptive comments. This helps the code

Hill Country Bakery Case Study

Challenge
Hill Country Bakery had a distribution center that housed both ingredients and products. The distribution center had multiple

Minor Upgrades, Major Improvement

Blog post by Ryan Goad, Controls Engineer

A couple of years ago, we completed a major retrofit of a

Tips and Tricks for Programming Wonderware SCADA System Soft...

Blog Post by Quincy Washington

Patti Engineering works with the world’s leading suppliers of robust and powerful industrial automation SCADA

What is the Cost of Waiting to Replace Obsolete Systems or D...

Blog post by Lynn Minard, Director of Finance

When thinking about replacing or completing maintenance on an obsolete system, the

6 Safety Tips Every New Engineer Should Know

Blog post by Payton Hoff

Manufacturing and industrial facilities are laden with a diverse spectrum of risks. The work environment

Tips for Learning New PLC Software

Blog post by Daniel Miller

As system integrators, there are multiple times when you will be tasked to learn

Things to Remember When Setting Up a Temperature PID in Siem...

Blog post by Joe Palace, Senior Electrical Engineer

Good common practices and tips when using a Siemens PID Temperature Technology

Mitsubishi Electric GOT1000 csv Data Logging

There is a variety of choices for implementing data transfer in a typical automation system. By thinking out of

Oetiker S5 to S7 PLC Upgrade

Problem
Oetiker, a global leader in automotive and industrial clamping and connection solutions, had equipment running on Siemens S5 PLCs,

DCS vs. PLC: Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7

With the advancement of the microprocessor and automation technology, the lines have blurred between the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)