Like A Freight Train, Automation is Rumbling Forward
Experts with experience and knowledge in electronics, mechatronics, and automation are performing miracles through the industrial automation of industrial processes such as those carried out by knitting machines. What human workers will never be able to do, automated machines will do perfectly and efficiently. The only stumbling blocks are the need for well designed automated processes and end products. Perhaps more challenging: helping human workers displaced by automation live healthy and productive lives.
By servicing and upgrading controller modules, engineers are changing factories primarily staffed by human workers with industrial automation equipment overseen by desktop monitoring systems. The same is happening in a variety of industrial processes which require “machine tending.”
Outfitting Factories to Be Ultra-Efficient & Productive
Weldon Solutions, for example, installs GE FANUC robots and industrial sensors into plants, and workers use more than a dozen interactive iPads to run the plant. According to Pepper & Fuchs, sensing technologies installed in industrial settings include proximity sensors, ultrasonic sensors, capacity sensors, photoelectric sensors, vision sensors, rotary encoders, and more.
The following video is a simple overview of industrial automation. It explains how Opto22 has been making automation available for more than four decades. According to the company, “we’ve been making hardware and software for industrial automation, remote monitoring, and data acquisition. We’re famous for our reliable solid state relays (SSRs) and I/O, as well as programmable automation controllers (PACs) and automation software.”
Opto22 now provides its latest product “groov, a simple way to build mobile operator interfaces for any automation system and securely use them on smartphones and tablets enabling the internet of things (IOT). Like all Opto 22 products, groov is made and supported in the U.S.A. with free product support.”