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TURCK'S ARGEE TURNS I/O DEVICES INTO FIELD LOGIC CONTROLLERS

22-09-2016
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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:

  1. The FLC stands alone: FLC performs all the logic as a standalone application without a PLC.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.”

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