Industrial Automation & Control

Overview

Industrial automation is one of the fastest-growing industry sectors. Nowadays, it's difficult to envision the production landscape without a modern industrial automation. By combining the advantage of Industry 4.0 models with advanced data analytics, AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies can introduce speed and precision to the wide range of factory operations, enhancing productivity and reliability. The rapid evolution of this technology and its integration across the enterprise is reshaping the ways that manufacturers operate and produce high-quality goods.


Benefits:


  • Reduced Periodic and Manual checking
  • Increased Productivity
  • Reduced Production Cost
  • Improved Product Quality
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Improved Safety

There are three main levels for industrial automation applications:


Level 1 - Supervisor Level: Mainly PC-based systems, such as industrial PCs (rack-mounted and panel) equipped with supplier-specific industrial process-control software for process parameterization and visualization. The intercommunication is based on a Gbit LAN or higher bandwidth backbone or Wireless topologies (WLAN). To avoid data loss and for safety reasons, Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS) are installed. Core Components: Industrial PC, Panel PC, HMI, WLAN


Level 2 - Control Level: This is the automation systems level where automation programs are executed. Systems on this level require high real-time capability and are based on a special controller architecture with its own proprietary OS running on it. High real-time compliant intercommunication bus protocols (according to IEEE 1588) are essential here. Core Components: PLCs, HMI, Field Bus (CAN, EtherCAT, Profibus etc ), WLAN, Safety (SIL).


Level 3 - Field Level: This level includes all terminal equipment, such as sensors and actuators collaborating with a peripheral PLC or remote I/O system, offering pre-procession of the collected data and communication to the main PLC via field bus. Core Components: Micro PLC, Motor Control, Industrial Sensors, Actuator Drivers, Relays, Switches, Wireless Control (RFID, wireless sensor networks using IEEE 802.15.4 topology)


Industrial Power Supply Networks provide a highly available fixed 24V DC supply voltage within specified limits. The output voltage is generated from different supply sources (AC and DC networks, 1-phase and 3-phase supply up to 500V AC).


Circuit Protection is a critical part of any industrial installation. It is crucial to meet national codes and to protect equipment and processes from any excess energy that could cause damage and safety issues. Circuit Breakers, Fuses, Transient Voltage Suppression, Surge Protectors are some of the devices used for protection.


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