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Dick Morley, the Father of the PLC, Died October 17

10/18/2017 1:47 PM

Dick Morley, a giant in the field of automation, who is considered the Father of the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) sharing the honor of its invention with others, died October 17, 2017.

Spitzer and Boyes posted notice from a long time personal friend:

http://www.spitzerandboyes.com/a-legend-passes-dick-morley-died-today/

An article on the 40th anniversary of PLCs provides an insight into Dick's contributions:

https://www.automationmag.com/features/the-father-of-invention-dick-morley-looks-back-on-the-40th-anniversary-of-the-plc.html

Someone has updated Wikipedia:

"Richard (Dick) Morley (died October 17, 2017) was considered the "father" of the programmable logic controller (PLC) since he was involved with the production of the first PLC for General Motors, the Modicon, at Bedford and Associates in 1968. The Modicon brand of PLC is now owned by Schneider Electric. The PLC has been recognized as a significant advancement in the practice of automation, and has an important influence on manufacturing industry."
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10/18/2017 2:15 PM

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10/18/2017 2:34 PM

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Oh programming in hexadecimal, that brings back memories.

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10/18/2017 3:51 PM

Thanks Carl.

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10/19/2017 9:03 AM

Sad news.

I've spent a good chunk of my working life programming Modicon.

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10/19/2017 11:00 AM

Is that Modicon PLC easier to lasso than GE stuff?

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10/19/2017 2:09 PM

In the early days Modicon was rebadged by several companies. My first dealings with them was with Texas Instrument clones, they were basically 500 series I/O.

One thing I particularly liked about Modsoft was being able introduce advanced maths functions in to ladder logic.

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10/20/2017 12:01 PM

Yes, that is a rather important option.

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