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Doug Reneker’s comparison of a micro-controller and a PLC for industrial control (
http://www.controldesign.com/articles/2017/arduino-vs-plc-for-industrial-control/) has been Control Design’s most-read article in years.

A large number of micro-controllers, field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and single-board computers have emerged on the control scene. Some industrial users might envision one of these open-source devices as a substitute for an entry-level PLC. After all, if an Arduino can control a robot for a STEM competition entry, why can’t it control an industrial robot, or a simple machine?

In this webinar, Reneker recaps the demonstration in which he tested the micro-controller’s capabilities against a programmable logic controller’s for closed-loop control of flow generated by a pump. The demonstration equipment used standard off-the-shelf components, including a flowmeter and control valve actuator to maintain a setpoint, one of the most basic industrial analog automation functions.

Join us for this fascinating presentation on one of the most compelling demonstrations of the year.

About Our Speaker:

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Doug Reneker
Circuit Designer

Doug Reneker is a circuit designer, recently retired as a senior manager at Arris, a provider of broadband communications equipment for Internet providers and consumers, where he worked for more than 20 years. Reneker spent the first 10 years of his career as a member of the technical staff at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies. He holds a master of science degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State University.

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