Automation is increasing rapidly across a variety of industries. At the heart of automated operations in most product lines are devices known as programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Motion Tronic explains what PLCs are and the advantages they can offer to businesses.
What Do PLCs Do?
A PLC is defined as a programmable controller designed to store and carry out specific instructions for the operation of specific pieces of machinery used in production lines and factories. They make use of specific functions such as logic, counting, timing and simple calculations, in order to control machines and processes. Although they come in a range of designs, at their most basic, they consist of the same components: a processor unit, power supply, I/O interfaces and a programming interface. The processor unit is the heart of the system, carrying out arithmetic functions and data manipulation, and facilitating communication across the relevant I/O sections.
Although PLCs operate along similar lines as computers, they are designed to be operated by engineers or plant workers who may not have extensive knowledge of IT. Unlike computers, their functions are specific and simple. They are programmed using relay ladder logic, whereas computers are more sophisticated in their programming.
Put simply, PLCs are designed to automate production and increase speed and efficiency in factories, making work easier and more productive.
The Benefits of PLCs
PLCs offer several advantages to all types of businesses looking to lower costs and increase efficiency in their operations. They are easy to install and cost-effective in the long run. They are extremely versatile and flexible, with one model of PLC being capable of operating effectively in all kinds of operations. They are easy to operate, designed for use by workers of all skill levels.
PLC-automated systems can reduce human error and deliver products of consistent quality, ensuring a reliable output. There will be fewer errors, and these can be fixed more quickly than in systems without PLCs. They can also reduce lead times, enabling teams to complete projects more quickly. For businesses who are concerned about space, PLCs offer the additional advantage of being compact and having a much smaller footprint compared to traditional, hard-wired control systems. The right PLC system can also easily facilitate specialisation and modification, helping you to diversify your production capabilities as needed.
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Motion Tronic specialises in installation, service and support of automation systems across all industries. Contact us for more information and find out how PLCs and other automation tools can benefit your business.
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