Hardware design best practices are not static

May 17, 2016 2:47:25 PM | Posted by David Paul

Hardware design changes might not occur as frequently as software updates, but they need to be reevaluated to ensure they still represent best practices based on the latest hardware versions and application instructions from the manufacturer.

People in the automation industry understand that the pace of change and improvement on the software side of the business is relentless. The fact that the latest version of software issued yesterday may be obsolete in a week is just the nature of the industry. What many engineers and designers fail to recognize is that hardware design best practices also change, although at a slower pace than software.

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Upgrading a DCS with an HMI graphical user interface

Mar 10, 2016 3:43:54 PM | Posted by Art Howell

Upgrading a distributed control system (DCS) with a human-machine interface (HMI) was a simple process until the development team tried duplicating the functionality and identifying tag information.

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