The Automation Newsletter #009

(from the latest issue of the SolisPLC Automation Newsletter)

Hey there :wave: Karim from SolisPLC here. The Automation Newsletter brings you the best resources for automation & control engineers like yourself. This includes the latest SolisPLC tutorials, industry news, PLC programming tips, and much more.

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The Manufacturing Hub Podcast :studio_microphone:

Ep. 11 - Special Guest [Jordan Humphreys] | Automation Talent, Opportunities, Candidates, Recruiting – In this episode, we’re talking with Jordan Humphreys, owner of JMH Talent Solutions about everything related to talent searching, recruiting, and more.

Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Youtube.

Ep. 12 - Special Guest [Chris Schleigh] | Growth Mindset, Selecting and Building Teams, Interviews – In this episode, we’re speaking with Chris. Chris has a variety of experience within engineering management roles and a passion for talent finding and development. Chris covers a wide range of topics around talent development, including the growth mindset, building your teams, interviewing, and much more.

Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Youtube.

Industry News :newspaper_roll:

  • How the post-pandemic labor crunch is curbing U.S. manufacturing - Labor shortages are not yet causing shutdowns like those seen in auto plants running short of computer chips. Instead, they are forcing companies to delay shipments and miss opportunities for growth. Factory backlogs hit record highs in each of the last two months, according to the Institute for Supply Management.

  • US manufacturing skills gap could leave as many as 2.1 million jobs unfilled by 2030. The study points to the top reasons these positions tend to go unfilled, with new entrants having different expectations for jobs and careers topping the list (38%), followed by lack of attraction or interest in the industry (36%) and retirement of baby boomers (34%).

PLC Programming Tip💡

Although Ladder Logic is the most commonly used PLC programming language, basic familiarity with Structured Text, Sequential Function Charts, and Function Blocks can save you precious time in specific scenarios.

A Structured Text routine for IO initialization can enable a programmer to copy and paste code directly from Excel while Ladder Logic can take hours if not days to implement.

Analog Signal Scaling is much easier to visualize in Function Blocks. The layout of the inputs and outputs required for scaling makes it much easier for those working with your code to debug, modify and troubleshoot it once you leave.

New Tutorial :open_book:

Siemens PLC Programming | Getting Started with the S7-1200 Siemens PLC Training Kit – Allen Bradley PLCs dominate the North American region. However, Siemens prevails in manufacturing automation in a much larger European market. In this tutorial, you’ll learn about the Siemens Starter Kit and how to get started with TIA Portal.

Festo Servo Motor Tutorial - CMMT-ST-C8-1C-EP-S0 Festo Automation Suite Drive Software Installation – The Festo Servo Motor is an inexpensive way to add motion control to an industrial application.

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