Factory machinery is rolling towards a future of modern productivity using superior technology which provides energy efficiency, better design and visualization, and safety standards. Industry automation truly is changing the market scenario helping in overhauling many problems. Many firms provide the services of industrial automation. Intact automation Pvt.Ltd is the leading factory automation company in Pune which has helped several clients to evolve and adapt with the change.
The trends creating an impact on the industries are as follows:
Multi-touch started in the business world and then migrated to industrial automation. This trend is fulfilling user needs for the speed and power of multi-touch in their plant for operator interface applications. After knowing the advantages of using multi-touch on smart phones, users will no longer accept the traditional single-touch technology. Suppliers are reacting by incorporating multi-touch services into their products. Application software like Automation Directs has native multi-touch support provided which makes it easy for users to design their applications to take complete advantage of its abilities.
Industrial automation mobile apps
The users of Smartphone and tablet love their apps as it’s much quicker to obtain information by a single touch than by opening a web browser, typing in an URL and visiting the correct page. Developers have made thousands of apps available as per customer needs i.e. from finding the nearest coffee house to checking the latest sports news. In the era of industrial automation, apps are finding a home as the greatest way to swiftly access information using smartphones. Just press an on-screen button, and you are ready for instant access to infinite information.
It is very rare that an industrial automation professional doesn’t own a smartphone or a tablet. The wish to use these personal devices for business motive is increasingly supported by the employers. For the end user, carrying your own device (BYOD) to work is very convenient, ease-of-use and built-in support for remote access. BYOD is much feasible than giving a mobile device to each employee. There are some security factors, but they can be dealt with, ensuring BYOD methods will continue to grow and thrive.
Grid Computing and Virtualization
The PC has become more potent, its resources are less used in many commercial and technical applications. Virtualization provides a way to efficiently utilize the resources by allowing several instances of operating systems to operate on a single PC. One of the industrial automation application combines multiple server-level applications such as I/O, database, SCADA, etc. This saves money as fewer PCs need to be bought, it can also boost reliability by allowing near instant switching from a failed to a running PC.
This trend provides wireless transmission of data between sensors and control systems. In a normal application, a sensor is connected in a remote location, maybe a tank farm, and sends information using a radio to the control system which may be placed far away. Wireless communication is much affordable to install and manage as there are no wires to run and fix. There is an increase in demand of the wireless technology by $500 million annually.
Like the other industrial automation trends, this isn’t from the commercial world, but is instead moving in the other direction, from the industrial to the commercial world. Industrial robots used to be devices programmed to do the same simple tasks over and over again, like picking a specific part from one specific location and placing it in some specified place. Nowadays, robots work on software and vision systems can be added to perform a variety of tasks, which goes with today’s demand for flexible production.
Rise of DC power
DC power is coming to the lead, removing AC power in many cases. With high voltage lines, DC provides benefits over AC in terms of performance and lower construction charges. At the user level, more end appliances such as VFDs, computer hardware and other parts use DC and have to give conversion from AC within. This is driving in-plant distribution methods to DC, as with server farms where most power usage is DC.