Engineers, OEMs and integrators have struggled for years with how to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, and Turck’s new ARGEE technology solves this challenge.
ARGEE enables manufacturers to add logic to compatible I/O devices without a PLC, driving down the cost per I/O point and increasing flexibility in control.
The ARGEE environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing common with PLCs.
Inside the ARGEE environment, the user can set condition and action statements that can be carried out by the I/O device. The application’s intuitive design includes a flow chart, similar to ladder logic, which allows for easy programing by users of all experience levels.
By taking advantage of ARGEE on Turck’s multiprotocol Ethernet I/O devices, manufacturers are able to realize a better control solution – field logic controllers (FLCs).
FLCs benefit small- to mid-size OEMs and manufacturers who are looking to add logic without investing in a PLC. FLC can be used in one of three ways:
- The FLC stands alone: FLC performs all the logic as a standalone application without a PLC.
- The FLC backs up the PLC: If the FLC loses communication with the PLC, the FLC can take over and either shut down the process, or keep the process going.
- The FLC and the PLC work together: The FLC can monitor an application and send defined variables and updates back to the PLC.
“With FLC powered by ARGEE, engineers can add control capabilities and I/O points to applications without having to invest in or upgrade a PLC,” said Randy Durick, Vice President of Fieldbus Technology at Turck. “Because the I/O devices carry advanced ingress ratings, logic can move outside the panel and onto machines for local control and real-time performance monitoring.”