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What are the benefits of having a PLC Concentrator?

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I do not know how to program a PLC but I need to communicate to one.
An PLC Expert will do the programming part of the PLC and he will him the words where I will be writing fro a C sharp program.

There are currently two Pick Up stations and a third one is going to be added.

If they have the two current stations in a PLC concentrator, should this new station be there too or should it be separate? But are the benefits of having it separate?  if one part of the conveyor goes into Alarm, will all the station go into Alarm?

Thank you
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It would help to know the brand and model[s] of PLCs, as well as those same data of what you're calling a concentrator.

Often a "concentrator" is used just for data mining or monitoring/programming access, not necessarily for control purposes... kind of like a KVM switch that allows using 1 keyboard and monitor on 4 or 5 different computers; the computers function normally whether the KVM has them selected at the moment or not.
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Hello Darr247,
          We have a few PLCs and these PLC are connected to a PLC concentrator. Only one Computer is connected to this concentrator. We do not need to connect to every PLC.

I do not have the PLC information right now. This project is set up by February 1st. I am not a PLC programmer, only a PC programmer that need to set up the communication.

I will get back to you with this information in two weeks. Thank you.
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Hello Dar247,
           This project keeps moving on to much.

Thank you for your answer and have a good day.
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