Engineers, OEMs, and integrators have struggled for years to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, and Turck's new ARGEE technology solves this challenge. ARGEE empowers 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 that is common with PLCs. Inside the ARGEE environment, users can set condition and action statements to 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 benefit small to mid-size OEMs and manufacturers who are looking to add logic without investing in a PLC. FLCs can be used in one of three ways:
- The FLC stands alone: The FLC performs all 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 or maintain the process.
- The FLC and the PLC work together: The FLC can monitor an application and send defined variables and updates back to the PLC.
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