industrial automation provides manufacturing with efficiency for both new and retrofitted industrial machinery using automation and process control equipment

Industrial Automation and Control

Industrial automation plays a very important role in the manufacturing industry

Automation devices using mathematical and organizational methods create complex systems for a huge range of industrial automation applications

Benefits of Industrial Automation

Automation, robotics, industrial automation, process control, and numerical control is the use of control systems such as computers to control industrial machinery and processes.

Some advantages are repeatability, tighter quality control, waste reduction, integration with business systems, increased productivity and reduction of labour. Some disadvantages are high initial costs and increased dependence on maintenance.

A major benefit of industrial automation technology are the latest fieldbus developments. The most popular protocols are DeviceNet, Profibus and ASi and the emerging Industrial Ethernet.

Implementation of industrial automation provides capital expenditure savings associated with cable elimination (multiple devices share wire-pairs and communicate over the bus network) and other savings are also available through speedier commissioning.

A number of Ethernet-based industrial communication systems have been established recently. Industrial Ethernet has the potential to replace the traditional fieldbus in the long term. The issue preventing many Ethernet fieldbus implementations is the availability of device power. Many industrial measurement & control devices need to be powered from the bus and Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE) has votlage (48V) and power (350mA maximum per device) issues in it's current implementation.

Industrial automation and process control greatly reduces the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. Most complex industrial automation processes and systems can be automated.

A major advantage of industrial automation and process control is the increased emphasis on flexibility and convertibility in the manufacturing process. Manufacturers are increasingly demanding the ability to easily switch from manufacturing a wide range of products without having to completely rebuild the production lines.

Warehouses benefit from the marriage of automated guided vehicle technology and conventional industrial trucks. This system combines a very narrow aisle truck with guidance controls and software directed by the system controller. The driverless operation is capable of complete “lights out” operation from the warehouse receiving area to the shipping dock. Best of all, the vehicles can be introduced into current operations, using existing racking and floor.

Managers have found that ongoing maintenance is reduced and process control system performances are very significantly enhanced by adopting industrial automation solutions as a major part of their investment.