You can be the most knowledgeable control systems engineer, but you will be useless without suitable equipment, computer, and cables.
We came up with a list of tools and hardware required to function on the field without missing anything that will slow you down. So get your own Toolbox For a Control Systems Engineer.
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Toolbox For a Control Systems Engineer
The toolbox should be compatible and big enough to carry all the tools and cables. Some people prefer a wheel toolbox, but we suggest a regular robust box.
You will need to perform an IO check or troubleshoot a faulty power supply. A quality Multi-meter is a most in a toolbox for control systems engineers or control systems technicians.
It’s better to have a clamp meter since sometimes you want to test the equipment’s current without unplugging the wires.
Safety should always be the first priority. Before putting your hands in the control cabinet, you have to check that no voltage exists. This tester is a non-contact tester, and it means you can make the voltage test safer since it doesn’t require touching the conductor.
And if you want something simpler and cheaper, the screwdriver tester will do the work. And it’s more compact in your toolbox for a control engineer.
You never know when you will need to wire a sensor or an IO module. So it’s beneficial to have a set of screwdrivers. The handles should be insulated for safety, and the tips should be magnetic for convenience. It also includes a voltage tester.
The precision wire cutter has an 11mm long heat-treated carbon steel jaw with an angled head design. Professional flush cutting snips are suitable for shearing copper, and soft wire up to 18 AWG (1 mm) is ideal for working in small spaces and helps you save force.
Electrical tape Comes in a five-pack of assorted colors
Tape is made of stretchy vinyl plastic.
Insulates and protects against abrasion, weather, water, solvent splashes, chemicals, and flame retardants.
Wire Crimping Tool
800pcs Terminals(100pcs/Color) + 1-pack Handy Crimping plier for times you will need to wire a few IO’s.
The most impotent tool for a control engineer is a laptop. Most of our work is programming and project management, and we sometimes need to run a few VMware simultaneously. This is why we need a robust computer.
- RAM: 16 GB
- Processor: Intel i5
- Storage: 1TB
Make it a role to always back up all your work. It will be a time that you will need to transfer files to another computer, to a colleague, or to a client. 1TB will be the minimum size you will need.
Unmanaged Ethernet Network Switch
You will want to simulate a control system in your office before it runs in the field. For that, a switch will be needed. Connect the PLC, RIO, and Panel to an undamaged plug-and-play switch.
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
High-Speed Ethernet Cable: Cat 8 Ethernet cable support bandwidth up to 2000MHZ and 40Gbps data transmitting speed, 26AWG Cables suitable Indoor/Outdoor at hyper-speed without worrying about cable mess
USB 2.0 to Serial DB-9 RS-232 Converter Cable
Provides the connection between USB and the traditional RS-232 serial port. Today computers don’t have a com port then this adapter will be handy for you.
All OS Supported, Plug & Play – Plug your device into the adapter and the adapter into your PC or Mac. COM ports and Baud rates can be modified to the desired setup.
Run Windows and Linux on a Windows or Linux desktop with VMware Workstation Pro. We control engineers use a lot of programs, sometimes a few versions from each program. Those versions can’t always be installed on the same OS. It allows you to back up your work in one snapshot.
Dropbox gives you secure access to all your files. Collaborate with friends, family, and coworkers from any device. Again backup of your work is essential. You can store everything on Dropbox, even your VMware snapshots.
Safety Glasses protect your eyes from direct and peripheral threats with a solid, durable polycarbonate wraparound construction. It also protects the eyes from 90-100% of harmful UV radiation.
Noise-canceling soft foam earplugs, you will enjoy working in an industrial facility! With 35dB NRR, these great earbuds do an incredible job of blocking external noises, and our unique foam design offers increased comfort for your ear.
Neon Yellow safety vest is high visibility with two-inch-wide reflective strips covering the waist, chest, shoulders, and back which provide 360°protection while working under daylight or low light conditions.
Designed to handle extreme working conditions, this shirt keeps you safe from dangerous and potential sparks and other flying debris. It is ideal for those who are highly exposed to fire.