MicroLogix Delivery Problems?
SoftPLC has a Smart solution!
A Smart SoftPLC provides similar hardware
specifications to MicroLogix 1400/1500 systems:
Application logic and
documentation can be
automatically converted – little or no reprogramming needed
applications need few, if any,
Goods are in stock
Smart SoftPLC includes standard capabilities
that could eliminate other components in your panel. For example,
the Smart SoftPLC includes an embedded Ethernet switch/router, 5 serial
ports (with DF1, Modbus and ASCII support) and $135 option to
add an internal Remote Access Modem (vs
$927 for a 9300-RADES), direct
Fiber connection and other features.
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Free Software through 4/30/2010
Purchase your first Smart SoftPLC or Smart Gateway
by April 30, 2010 and get FREE programming and configuration
software. Save up to $950!
or your local SoftPLC
Distributor for details, system quotes, etc.
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StoneCo of Michigan selected Etheridge Automation to
implement automation for their Newport, MI quarry. StoneCo had a 10+
year old PLC based system that had become increasingly maintenance
intensive. The legacy system required the operator to control the plant
feed and make major decisions on plant operations.
StoneCo was looking to improve plant performance with the new
automation system by incorporating feed controls and limiting operator
dependence. Etheridge Automation has been automating rock quarries
exclusively since the early 1980's. Stoneco liked their control
system's flexible interlocking features, feeder controls and their
aggregate industry experience.
Etheridge's automation system is modular in nature and can be scaled
for various sizes/configurations of aggregate plants. At the core
of the Etheridge Quarry Information Management System™ is a SoftPLC PAC
that communicates over Ethernet to the control room PC. The
control system also incorporates a SoftPLC in the Secondary plant with
a remote rack in the Primary plant. Etheridge uses SoftPLC because of
its reliability, ease of use, processing power and flexibility.
In the Primary plant, the SoftPLC control system increased production
capacity by 20%, cutting the operating time from 10 to 8 hours per day.
Major downtime events were greatly reduced, increasing the plant
availability. In the Secondary system, plant capacity was
previously limited by the performance of the screens, making increased
tonnage throughput difficult. Secondary plant improvements were
realized via increased uptime and more consistent product
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