Sunday, March 14, 2010

PLC Based Industrial Automation

Automation plays an increasingly important role in the world economy and in daily experience. In the scope of industrialization, automation is a step beyond mechanization. Whereas mechanization provided human operators with machinery to assist them with the muscular requirements of work, automation greatly reduces the need for human sensory and mental requirements as well. Processes and systems can also be automated.

A well industrial automation does not need human supervision over equipment and process operation. It will eliminate possible human errors and staff training due to staff turnover. The industrial automation based on PLC becomes very accurate, yielding consistent product quality and material usage.

Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have been around forever in technological term. Their proven reliability in harsh environment together with their ability to handle multiple inputs and outputs has made them the corner stone in the majority of modern day industrial control systems.

Industrial automation based PLC can be combine with most other technologies to provide a sophisticated control and monitoring solution. It is reassuring to know that the PLC is one less thing to worry.

The advantages of industrial automation are:
1. Replacing human operators in tasks that involve hard physical work.
2. Making tasks that are beyond the human capabilities such as handling too heavy loads, too large objects, too hot or too cold substances, etc.
3. Replacing humans in tasks that should be done in dangerous environment.

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