PLCs, DCSs & Controllers


The next big thing for control

May 2018 PLCs, DCSs & Controllers

Turck has developed the next big thing for control: the Field Logic Controller (FLC). Turck’s FLC solutions are made possible by ARGEE (A Really Great Engineering Environment), a revolutionary web-based programming environment that allows users to set conditions and actions directly at the field level. By utilising HTML5, Turck provides a complete engineering environment for users to write, run, simulate, debug, and monitor code, all without requiring the use of a PLC.

Using FLCs, Turck’s multiprotocol block I/O products can act as simple I/O devices or as standalone logic controllers. While ARGEE programming is not designed to replace a PLC outright, it can be used to change the way we think about control, allowing FLC devices to:

• Be used without a PLC in standalone applications.

• Perform arithmetic functions, use timers, counters, and even toggle bits.

• Share data with a PLC via assigned I/O variables.

The technology

Using a simple ‘Condition” and Action’ principle that is integrated into a flow chart user interface, ARGEE allows users with little or no programming experience an easy way to configure and program their Turck FLC devices.

ARGEE challenges what an I/O device can do, by creating a hybrid between simple block I/O and higher level PLCs. The result is Turck’s FLC.

For more information contact Brandon Topham, RET Automation, +27 (0)11 453 2468, brandon.topham@retautomation.com, www.retautomation.com


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