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The fundamental objective of the manufacturing industry is to transform raw materials into finished or semi-finished commodities and products. Some of the prominent examples of manufacturing industries such as food, apparel, furniture, wood, minerals, and machines. These products manufactured can be directly sold in the market, or can essentially serve as ancillary goods for other industries. This highlights the manufacturing industry as one of the most profitable and lucrative sectors around. The manufacturing sector has been around ever since the Industrial Revolution took place across Europe – mainly in Britain – during the 18th and 19th Century. As a result of the dynamic technological improvements in the modern era, global manufacturing industries have swiftly employed the latest technological advancements available in their field. These innovations can be explained below –
PLC (Programmable Logic Controller)
A PLC is a system that can be functioned in harsh & hostile physical environments– that is used to regulate various manufacturing processes and machine control. A programmable controller enhances the notion of industrial automation. The most meaningful benefit of a Programmable Logic Controller is the dynamic ability to alter functions after attaining information in real-time. Additionally, this system is flexible, which means that it permits the user to mix and match the input and output devices based on their personalised needs. PLC’s are an integral component of SCADA systems.
Servo motors and Servo drives are also implemented in automated manufacturing. A servo motor is an electrical device that helps the rotation of a type of machinery at a precise angle for accuracy. The speed and acceleration can be regulated using this device. The most prevalent applications of the servo motors can be seen in remote-controlled cars, robots, machine tools, and children’s toys.
It is an electromagnetic switch specially curated for high voltage applications and enables overload protection mechanisms. Its fundamental function is to connect and disconnect signals and power connections. Contactors are implemented heavy appliances like starting a motor, or multiple motors.
A Limit Switch can be elaborated on as an electro-mechanical device that can indicate when to make or break an electrical connection or circuit. Similar to a limit switch, push buttons are a manually operated mechanism used to control a specific part of a machine. They are utilised in industrial, commercial, and residential appliances.
Variable Speed Drives
A VSD is an automated device that monitors and regulates the speed and rotational force – regularly referred to as torque output – of a specific electric motor. These drives are enhancing the administration of mechanical movement-oriented functions such as packaging, material handling, material working, and hoisting. Variable Speed Drives are mainly utilised in the manufacturing industry due to their energy and time-saving attributes, in comparison to other techniques.