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  1. scot

    scot Guest

    I setup a lot of temperature control systems for various furnaces but I am getting into more complicated/custom installations that require more than what the manufacturer of my temp controllers can provide (i.e. Eurotherm). Is there any particular product that someone might recommend which has someof the features of a standard temp controller but provides the ability to develop some custom code and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for adding additional inputs? Are there any PLC's that allow you to write custom code?

  2. What kind of control algorithms do you require?

    You may be better off doing coms to a dedicated controller or

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  3. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    All PLC's allow you to write custom code, that is the whole idea
    behind it.

    PLC's are expensive in nature but they offer lots of things you can
    You can use a cheap PLC or intelligent programmable rely module to
    interact with the Heat controller or, you can go full out and use a
    PLC to do it all.

    Most venders of PLC's offer TC/RTD etc. modules to be added and a
    variety of IO. Code is done in ladder format for most.. Some use
    basic and others use a form of gate array logic.

    Some of the low end PLC's do not have TC/RTD modules, but you can get
    signal transmitters to convert a TC/RTD over to RS485/232 to send
    data to these low end units.

    What a lot of people do is use a heat control unit like you are now,
    but they link to it via RS323/485 over to a PLC to control and monitor
    set points.

    For you, you maybe interested in things like this..

    Also, look at

    They have lots of signal conditioners and PLC's to work with at a low

  4. All of them - The 'P' in 'PLC' stands for 'Programmable'.
    Of course that may not help if you need complicated math functions and
    the device's programmability is only for simple ladder logic.
    There are many PLC's in the market, with wide differences in computing
    power, functionality, etc. Try to define what you need exactly to
    narrow the search.
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