The industrial sector is heavily reliant on PID controllers for all sorts of automation needs. A control loop is a fundamental feedback mechanism that is put in place to bridge the gap between the measured process variable and the desired set-point. Controllers are used to apply the appropriate corrective efforts through interfaces called actuators that can drive the variable up or down. The controller applies the corrective effort in a loop, until the error is eliminated up to the desired accuracy.
Gordon Moore articulated his all-famous Moore’s Law surrounding computing performance over 50 years ago, and its no less than a wonder that the statement has stood the test of time. The semiconductor industry continues to enhance computing power into more confined spaces at shockingly lower prices, providing consumers with incredible number of benefits.
The Glove Unique Reprocessing Unit (GURU) built by Pentamaster, an automation provider in Malaysia is a perfect case study for observing such advancements in technology. In two of the seven workstations, the GURU system has allowed the company to halve the number of industrial PCs driving the machine-vision modules.
The Process Control Industry is heavily dominated by proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers, however even these marvelous components have their own limitations. The behavior of PID loops is difficult to understand, something which gets worse whenever a fault arises, and troubleshooting is required. Nonetheless, technicians & engineers strive to achieve coherence between the three building blocks of the controller, i.e. proportional, integral & derivative actions.
When wiring motor starters, contactors and pilot devices, paying attention to the resources being delegated through intelligent planning can do wonders.
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.
Outsourcing items not directly in your line of specialty can help ensure overall quality and reduce costs. But outsourcing is also the biggest possible vulnerability of an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). A single little item can hold up the whole large project if the outsourcing contractor defaults in timely delivery. And a single small outsourced item can ruin the project if it does not have the requisite quality. The smallest glitch in timing, or quality can irreparably damage the reputation of the most established OEM.
So, should we stop outsourcing? No; sometimes it is the wisest course. Outsourcing is necessary, but with due caution. The following are some important questions you must answer about your prospective outsourcing contractor.
Careless outsourcing can become an extreme weakness for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Here are some common mistakes an OEM may commit while outsourcing.
As we talked about in the last blog, a big factor of OEE losses is downtime. We will now go more in depth into causes and solutions in tracking and reducing your plants downtime.
If you have not already started using OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) to evaluate your plant, you may want to start considering it. OEE uses logical equations to track your plants losses machine by machine. This includes downtime, speed, and quality. Downtime can be scheduled or unscheduled. This post will go over the benefits and cost savings of OEE.
Now that 3D printing has anchored itself in society as a popular and relatively cheap method of producing personalizable parts and prototypes, innovators have begun to look for ways to improve the process itself. Along with this, concerns have arisen regarding the potential waste plastic that ends up in landfills after printing. So with 3D printing established, innovators are turning their creative ideas into environmentally-conscious products for the industry.