Automation and AI
Automation is the creation and application of technology to monitor and control the production and delivery of products and services.
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Automation provides benefits to virtually all of industry including manufacturing, transportation, utilities, defense, facility operations and many more. Within industry it crosses functions from installation, integration, and maintenance to design, procurement, and management.
Automation even reaches into the marketing and sales functions of these industries. It involves a very broad range of technologies including robotics and expert systems, telemetry and communications, electro-optics, cybersecurity, process measurement and control, sensors, wireless applications, systems integration, test measurement and more.
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Trends in Industrial Automation
Multi-Touch Technology –
Multi-touch started in the commercial world and migrated to industrial automation. Speed, power and flexibility are the key advantages of multi-touch technology. Users will no longer accept the older, inferior single-touch technology over multi-touch technology.
In businesses, suppliers are responding by incorporating multi-touch technology into their products. Newer versions of Windows have built-in multi-touch support.
Industrial Automation Mobile Apps –
Smartphone and tablet users love their faster apps. It obtains information with a single touch and not by diverting through web browser to type URLs.
In industrial automation, it is the latest and greatest way to quickly access plant operating information from mobile devices. It gives customized view of a manufacturing facility on the screen, for instant access.
End users are using their own mobile devices to put their own information into personal cloud data storages for streaming and syncing. As the usages of mobile devices are increasing, “Bring your own Devices (BYOD)” is the most relevant in the era of automation.
For the end user, BYOD offers convenience, ease-of-use and built-in remote access. BYOD is much cheaper than supplying a separate mobile device to each employee.
Grid Computing & Virtualization
Computer resources have become underutilized in many commercial and industrial applications as the PC has become more powerful.
Virtualization provides a means to efficiently utilize resources by allowing multiple instances of operating systems to run on a single PC. Typical industrial automation application consolidates multiple server-level functions such as I/O, database and SCADA into fewer PCs.
This leads to save money and increase reliability by allowing instantaneous switching from a failed to an operating PC.
Industrial robots used to be dumb devices designed to perform the same simple operation over and over, like picking a particular part from one specific location and placing it to the same spot.
Nowadays, robots driven by software and vision systems can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks, which fits with today’s demand for flexible manufacturing.
Rise of DC Power
With high voltage transmission lines, DC provides advantages over AC in terms of efficiency and lower construction costs. At the user level, devices such as VFDs, computer hardware and other components use DC and needs to convert from AC internally. This is also driving in-plant distribution systems to DC.