Automated machinery plays an integral role in many critical industrial manufacturing processes. For many factories and facilities, devices called programmable logic controllers (PLC) are often used to keep the manufacturing processes going at a normal pace. This can be anything from generating electricity, packaging items, or weaving fabric. Automation has allowed businesses to thrive in higher levels of productivity and innovation.
Modern automation would be nothing without the help of PLCs, which are essentially computers that control different electro-mechanical processes in areas like manufacturing plants or other automation environments. It is a critical invention that is part of a wide spectrum of industrial panel and custom equipment.
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PLCs are an important part of any factory or manufacturer operating a large facility and are fundamental to many industrial control systems. Here is how they work and contribute to benefitting managers, engineers, and technicians.
What Does A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Do?
A programmable logic controller (PLC) is basically a type of tiny computer that receives data through its inputs and sends operating instructions through its outputs. Its purpose is to help control a system’s functions using the internal logic programmed into it. For example, businesses in the food manufacturing sector often use PLCs to automate their packaging process on conveyor belts.
The input instructions a PLC takes in can come in the form of automated data capture points or from human interaction such as switches or buttons. Depending on its programming, the PLC can decide whether or not to change the output speed, which controls a wide variety of equipment like motors, solenoid valves, lights, switchgear, safety shut-offs, and more.
PLCs can be installed in a variety of physical locations, varying widely from one system to another. Generally, they are often located in the general vicinity of where most operations take place. PLCs are also typically protected by a surface mount electrical box to prevent tampering.
What Type Of PLC Is Used In Industry Work?
While most PLCs function the same and may vary in size and form, there are some nuances that make them useful in one environment over the other. Some PLCs are small enough to fit in your pocket while others are large to the point that they require their own heavy-duty mounting racks. Some of them can also be customized with back planes and functional modules to compliment different types of applications. Despite the differences, PLCs are still widely used in a variety of industries because of their fast function and easy-to-program processing.
Many factors can influence your choice of a PLC model and some key considerations may include electrical and voltage capacities, processing speeds, and hardware compatibility with power supplies or DIN rails. Other factors can include temperature tolerance, in which most PLCs are designed for safe operation within the range of 0 to 60°C. Some specialized PLCs can operate in extreme temperatures such as hot or cold manufacturing plants.
Memory and the amount of ROM and RAM space is another factor that can help determine what PLC your facility could use. A good amount of memory is needed to execute the processes it’s intended to automate. The PLC also needs to have good connectivity with enough input and output ports that your system requires.
What Are The Benefits Of Using PLC For Industrial Applications?
PLCs have many benefits for industrial manufacturers looking to modernize their current system and boost work productivity.
First, PLCs are fairly intuitive and simple to program, in comparison to other industrial control systems. It is an established technology with years of testing and analysis and helps minimize complexity and costs of general work operations. PLCs can be integrated into your facility seamlessly and are available at a wide range of price points, ranging from affordable basic models to more specialized equipment.
For industrial applications, PLCs are very versatile and are suitable for controlling a wide variety of processes and systems with their solid-state devices with no moving parts. This makes them really reliable when it counts and can help industrial businesses survive challenging conditions. PLC equipment also has relatively few components and physics parts, making them easier to troubleshoot and perform maintenance and avoiding any downtime. Lastly, they’re highly energy efficient and don’t consume too much electrical power, helping you save money and conserve energy in the process.
Contact Txla Systems To Integrate PLCs Into Your Business!
If you are interested or seriously considering speeding up the manufacturing processes of your industrial facility, incorporate programmable logic controllers (PLC) for your workplace now. PLCs are becoming increasingly popular to use in many different industries because of their simplicity, affordability, and usefulness towards work operations.
Contact Txla Systems through Drake Lord at 713.906.7811 or Jray Crox at 281-428-6048 for more information about PLCs and how we can provide industrial panel equipment for your company.