Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, but predictive maintenance can be a remedy.
Industrial automation is on the threshold of a new revolution, moving through rapid technology changes, adoption of new systems and networking architectures and looking toward interoperability of devices and systems.
Protecting industrial automation systems is easier when controllers offer built-in cybersecurity features.
Digitalization, IIoT and Industry 4.0 implementations need communication hubs, a role well-suited to PLCs and HMIs.
Case study: Collaborative robots at a thermal wrap manufacturing company deliver a zero-defect rate while doubling production output. Installation, integration and use has been a do-it-yourself (DIY) project.
Case study: Retrofit controller on four hydraulic presses used a new programmable logic controller (PLC) to control the moving platen and the levelling cylinders would be controlled by a new electrohydraulic motion controller.
Safety and controllers are looked at from different angles in the August issue of AppliedAutomation.
Choosing the best industrial controller requires evaluation of automation, communication and security needs.
Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process, which is vital for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Specifying performance instead of parts when purchasing machines and process skids will cut costs, reduce lead time and guarantee operation.