The Automation Newsletter #16

:studio_microphone:DevOps in Industrial Automation


This month’s theme is all about DevOps in industrial automation. We speak with industry professionals & founders to learn about the role of DevOps in manufacturing and discuss new technologies, and trends in the industry

Manufacturing Hub Episode #28 – We speak to Adam Gluck, the CEO of Copia.io. Adam had extensive knowledge of software and DevOps after a number of years at Uber. He also has close ties to the manufacturing industry as he grew up involved in the automotive process. Based on his two passions, he saw a gap in software development best practices in manufacturing

Manufacturing Hub Episode # 29 – In this episode, we speak with David Nichols, Co-Founder & CEO of Loupe. Loupe started 14 years ago and their goal has been to start a revolution. From their use of various DevOps solutions that are musts in the rest of the world. To their “Ship in 6” mantra using agile software and their extremely early adoption of B&R, this was a jammed-packed episode!

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:open_book: New Tutorials

Siemens PLC & HMI Programming Project

In this project, you’re going to create an application to keep the score in a football (aka soccer) match. This will help you understand how to:

  • Start a project from scratch
  • Link an S7-300 PLC to a Series 7 Touch Screen HMI
  • Write the PLC code and design the HMI
  • Connect everything and go online

Connecting an S7 Siemens PLC to a Touch HMI and Configuring PLC Tags and Data Structures In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to add a Siemens S7-300 PLC and a Siemens TP700 Series 7 inch Touch Screen HMI to a project, set up a Profinet and an HMI connection between them, and create PLC tags, utilizing both the built-in PLC Tags in TIA Portal and using Data Blocks to hold your data using structures.

Siemens PLC Function Block Programming and OPC Server Configuration In this tutorial we cover programming specific blocks that we can reuse throughout our code and creating an OPC Server to capture all of our inputs, before linking it all together and downloading both applications to our PLC and HMI.

Designing HMI Screens and Going Online with a Siemens TP700 Series HMI – Learn how to design HMI screens, and how to link & downloads applications to your PLC and HMI.

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