Mobile Technology is moving into Industrial Automation
In recent years industrial automation new technology such as mobile devices are playing an important role in every aspect of our lives and they are increasingly demanding with automation systems changing how data is analysed, stored, and acquired.
Hence, some larger industrial control companies already have integrated mobile with data acquisition applications to their automation products. In addition, they are integrating mobile communications systems for better performance.
Mobile capabilities for Automation Systems
Hardware and software are part of the operations technologies in manufacturing plants, while information technology is for mobile communication systems. For instance, by integrating these two technologies, the end-users engage their mobile devices with no restrictions. It requires installing specific software and more advanced programming or configuration. Therefore, using a familiar web browser gives users the capability to do some setup in mobiles or tablet devices. Even though, PC access nor internet is required to do the work. Why invest in robot technology? See the main advantages of this new technology.
10 Top Advantages of Mobile Technology for Industrial Automation
Traditional Industrial Automation includes more complex architectures or steps while mobile technology provides simplified solutions. Also, see some of the advantages of the newer technology:
1. Improves data flow
2. Control who can have access to the data
3. Data provides additional services to customers and improves machine design.
4. Operators can monitor equipment located remotely or in hazardous areas
5. Progressive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will build the right data points into their equipment and gather results from a machine, a site, or even multiple sites
6. Management team and OEMs can access information from industrial automation systems from their Mobile
7. Remotely assess operating conditions
8. Reduce energy consumption and maintenance costs, and improve efficiency
9. Access to more detailed data; when and where owners of staffs need it
10. Preventive or predictive maintenance via details analysis
Mobile Security Concern
Even though the addition of mobile devices has advantages, it can also raise concerns about who can see or change industrial controller data. For instance, in a traditional system a serial cable connects the hardwired interface terminal to a PLC, the HMI user experience is local and separated from the rest of the world.
Security is also of great concern because it demands more attention for a mobile device on a Wi-Fi network, or connecting over the internet. In other words, it means all efforts should focus on security over external jackers.
Robot Automation Systems
The mobile devices and applications are now advancing into industrial robot automation systems because robot system is integrated to the plant operation process. Industrial robots – new robots or used industrial robots – are part of the whole process and they can also be monitored on how data is acquired, viewed, stored, analysed, and acted upon.
Therefore, factories can include any application such as robot milling, robot palletising, robot cutting, trimming, Robot robotic welding, or painting robots as part of their industrial automation.
Whereas factories want to include control systems, robot automation, or mobile technology into their automation systems, it is crucial to consult with a Control System Integrator, Robot Integrator or both depends on the complexity of the project.
Nevertheless, Industrial integrators will advise and guide you throughout the whole process saving time and cost.
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