The process by which automatic technologies, systems and controllers are used to operate and control machinery, processes and production systems in industrial environments, without the need for direct human intervention at each stage of the process. This allows us to increase production efficiency, accuracy and speed, as well as reduce costs and human error.
Industrial automation involves the application of sensors, actuators, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), numerical control systems, robotics and specialized software to monitor and control industrial operations.
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
The primary function of PLCs is their design to make logical decisions based on information received from sensors and other input devices, and then execute actions based on that programmed logic.
This technology allows interaction between operators and automated systems, facilitating the control and monitoring of industrial processes. It is the graphical interface through which workers can monitor, control and manage operations in an industrial environment. It integrates both hardware and software components. The hardware may consist of touch screens, control panels, keyboards, among other input and output devices. The software provides the visual interface and functionality to interact with the system.
Among the functions it can perform, it allows operators to monitor equipment status, view real-time data, control process parameters, receive alarms and notifications, as well as make adjustments and modifications to the operation of machinery and systems. In addition, it is worth highlighting the ease of use of this system, which is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly for operators and technicians. Interfaces are often customizable to suit the specific needs of the application.
Finally, it integrates with other control system components, such as PLCs, sensors, actuators and data acquisition systems, allowing bidirectional communication for effective process monitoring and control.
- "SCADA System
These are control and data acquisition systems used in industrial environments to monitor and control processes, collect real-time data and manage connected devices. They allow operators to visually supervise and monitor the status of industrial processes through graphical interfaces.
They show real-time data such as temperatures, pressure levels, production flow, among other critical process parameters. It can also provide remote control capabilities over connected devices. Managers can make adjustments, start or stop processes and change operating parameters through the SCADA interface.
A key aspect is the collection of data from multiple devices and sensors distributed throughout an industrial plant. This data is stored, presented clearly and can be analyzed to make informed decisions about system performance.
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