Having controls that communicate with each other and work together makes good sense in manufacturing environments – but often basic PC’s aren’t rugged enough to survive the environment. PLC’s, or programmable logic controllers, are industrial digital computers that have been ruggedized and adapted for the manufacturing environment, including assembly lines, robotic integration, or any activity that requires high reliability control and ease of programming and process fault diagnosis.
Basically, PLC’s provide a simple platform where operations can easily be connected and monitored.
If you have multiple work cells that you are looking to connect or upgrade, Orka Automation’s Control Systems and Technical Services team supports the primary brands of PLC’s and Control devices, including Omron, Allen Bradley, Mitsubishi and Siemens. Robotics.org offers some insights around PLC software benefits. And, when you are ready to take the next step, we are here to help.