When wiring motor starters, contactors and pilot devices, paying attention to the resources being delegated through intelligent planning can do wonders.
Our personal lives are so much influenced by the latest happenings in the world of technology, that we often can’t wait to get out hands on the latest phones, devices & software, waiting up in queues if necessary. But the same can’t be said for our work environment, why?
Most companies are still bound to their old systems in one way or another, simply because of the principle, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”. It is high time that we understand that fixing something isn’t the only reason for an upgrade. Increasing the efficiency of a process, making it more productive & streamlined and reducing risk of injury are some solid milestones that can be achieved by upgrading a conventional system.
Modern concepts & technologies including Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 & Smart Factory are upon us. Consumers & enterprises are moving towards devices that would enable them to use these technologies, and compete in a tighter market. But what exactly sits at the core of all these technologies, and what exactly drives them to increase industrial throughput? The answer is simple: Data.
The PLC Evolution
Dick Morley introduced the industrial world to the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), a tool that would revolutionize the automation landscape for decades to come. The PLC was seen as a savior in the industrial world, which relied heavily on switch gears and relay boxes for routine activities. The PLC has room for evolution unlink any other automotive device which has made it so susceptible to changing technological standards.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) have been around for over 50 years and have established themselves as the preferred hardware for industrial automation. Several competitors have come along the way in the form of PCs, microcontrollers, etc. but none have been able to dent the reputation of the PLC.
Industry 4.0, IoT, Digital factory, etc. are some of the concepts that are making headlines in today’s industrial world. Industries around the world are starting to make the shift, and understanding the benefits associated with these technologies, but a mass-upgrade still seems like a long shot. Why?
With new technology advancing the flow of data and connecting every machine with algorithms and sensors, there are so many new possibilities for improving production. But what comes along with all these monitors, tracking systems, sensors, and devices? Large amounts of data.
Automation not only cuts costs and saves time but instills reliability and precision within the system that has immediate and long-term benefits. Today home automation or hobby projects often conjure images of teenagers working on Arduino, Raspberry Pi and PIC, but the true struggle to make industries and large-scale systems independent began more than five decades ago.
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to make a great leap forward towards resolving significant industry troubles. A few of these troubles may include a decrease in power demand or even the boom in renewable, off-the-grid energy installations and distributed power systems. Utilities are being affected the most and with the following tips you will have an industry that is able to successfully maximize opportunities while taking the risk factors into consideration. These tips include financial reconstruction, new regulations, distributed generation, and evolving customer interface.
Topics: Future Industry Trends
With 2016 right around the corner, are you ready for the new standards of panel building?
The UL 60947-4 series may not have a catchy name, but it’s been in the works for at least 10 years. For decades, panel builders have struggled to navigate the waters of international standards that never quite matched up. Checking industrial control panels against four or five different standards was often tedious and frustrating, stacking up labor time on projects to make sure each panel was up to code.
UL 60947-4-1 will greatly simplify the testing process by harmonizing standards from trusted industry leaders like UL, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Creating UL 60947-4 took those ten years because the committee behind it combed through every word of the protocols across these organizations, identifying and resolving the minor differences.