• Scott Hickey

How to Get the Most From Industrial Automation

Many experts agree that automation is the future of industrial manufacturing. However, the transition from manual to automated processes is not painless.

Over the last few decades two key innovations have spurred the development of industrial automation: the programmable logic controller (PLC) and the distributed control system (DCS).

PLCs and DCSs enable automation processes to be more flexible and reconfigurable. Using these control systems, an automated factory can be reprogrammed and reconfigured to produce several different products.

This adaptability makes automation very attractive for businesses looking for efficient and cost-effective production without sacrificing product quality. Automation also improves the safety and working conditions for employees working in the production process.

However, automation brings some of it’s own complexities to the table. An automated factory with an array of PLCs connected to a DCS requires intricate wiring and electrical information transfer.

The electrical wiring that runs throughout an automated production facility is the backbone of the entire system. Poor connections or incorrectly routed wiring can cause problems or failures in the automated production process.

Additionally, configurable automation requires customized controls. If there are non-standard aspects of your manufacturing process, the control panels for the machinery that performs these specialized tasks must be equally specialized so that you have precise control over the process.

In order to keep your automation running at peak efficiency, you need a professional support team that can test and maintain the intricate electrical system that supports your automated processes and machinery. You’ll also need custom control panels built to suit your automation needs.

A professional electrical contractor who can install and maintain a system that optimizes your automation will be a key player on your team in the automation game.

An expert contractor will be a long-term partner in your operation who will be there to prevent failures, minimize production interruptions, and correct system failures to get you back online as quickly as possible.

As industry moves into the future with automation, partnering with an electrical contractor who has the knowledge and experience to meet your automation needs will be critical to getting the most from your automated machinery.

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