Automation and Control
Automation & Control products allow the building of machines and systems that automate an industrial process, factory production, energy systems, buildings, campus or city system etc.
As with most technology, Automation & Control has evolved from simple beginnings and has developed over many years.
Some traditional methods to build Automation & Control systems.
- PLCs (Programmanle Logic Controllers )
- DSC ( Distributed Systems Controllers )
- DIO ( Distributed I/O)
- DC ( Dedicated Controllers such as PID )
- Embedded Microprocessors.
These technologies do not have a software OS or Operating System. They are called OSless and are dedicated Automation & Control systems.
These are used for critical systems that can run stabily and if there is a software or hardware glitch, they will reboot or restart very rapidly.
Other Industrial Automation methods
- Soft PLC using a PC ( Virtual PLC )
- Industrial Computers with IO
- Embedded Microprocessors
These other Industrial Automation methods do use a software OS or Operating System. They are called OS Automation & Control systems. These can not be used for critical systems as they do take time to reboot and recover.
Note :- Embedded Microprocessors are the fastest reboots and usually are safe for less critical systems as they do not use disk drives to start up from. They use Flash Memory both for programs and data storage.
New type of Automation Controllers are added every few years
- IIOT Edge Controlles/Computers
A IIOT Controller/Computer simplifies Automation considerably by bring many technologies into one simple programmable system. Using modern methods, a IIOT Computer can link traditional technologies like PLCs and PACs, place sensors directly to databases and cloud systems.
- PAC ( OSless -Programmable Automation Controllers )
A PAC has all the advantages of a traditional PLC but adds a much broader and a very modern development environment and therefore allows the building of more advanced and complete systems and processes.
Fundamentally PACs can perform all types of math very rapidly, and by design have distributed control and IO, they are corporate network aware and since they can be linked to corporate computer systems directly, PACs understand all the other technologies that are in that arena, such as databases, web, email, ftp, TCP, clouds, local and remote wireless and more.
A derivation of PAC technology has also recently appeared that offers even broader and more modern development environments and this is the
- PAC ( OS PACs or Super Hardened Industrial Computers )
This new range of OS Industrial Computers - or OS PACs have solid state flash drives, are fanless and hardened and are now used as PACs or Industrial Controllers and are listed twice in our site-
Automation & Control IO
The products used to build the I/O sections of Automation & Control are listed below.
Most manufacturers have a full compliment of IO blocks for their PACs, PLCs, DIO, DSC
However there are occassions when additional IO is required and these are listed under the categories
Data Acquisition - DAQ has evolved over the years and now hardened industrial DAQ is a cross over technology, and is being used for Automation and Control with PLCs, PACs, Industrial Computers and Embedded Microprocessors.
Automation & Control Accessories
MasTec also sells accessories to expand Automation and Control systems.
- AC and DC Low to High voltage and current
- Standalone controllers PIDs, Panel Meters
- Digital Panel Meters
- Plus software for building these systems.
- Wireless End Points
- 3G and GPRS Routers and Modems
- Building Control Network products
IIOT Edge Controllers/Computers EPIC IIOT Real Time Linux Computer First of type Hardware and Software IIOT Real Time Linux Controller First of type Hardware and Software IIOT Edge Computing Advanced Software tools and Hardware PLCs - OSless PLCs - Ladder Logic or IEC programming Siemens Equivalent hardware and software , PLCs - Tiny PLC DIN Rail - Simple easy to use Function Block Programming ,
PLCs - Smarter Tiny DIN Rail - AC or DC IO models - Analog inputs - expandable Function Block Programming ,
PLCs - Advanced Tiny DIN - DC IO - expandable - Analog inputs and outputs - High speed Digitals - PWM - Encoders Function Block Programming , ,
PLCs - Advanced Tiny DIN - DC IO - expandable - Analog inputs and outputs - High speed Digitals - PWM - Encoders
Ethernet Modbus, HMIs, SMS
Function Block Programming ,
PLCs - OS PLCs - Board and box level - ARM 9 CPU Linux based - C Programming PLCs - Micro Controller COS multitasker based - C Programming PAC - OSless Full OSless PAC System with Industrial IO Flow Chart and Text programming Smart Phone Controlled PAC System with Industrial IO Flow Chart and Text programming PAC - OS - Hardened Computer Systems Intel based hardened computers flash disks with I/O MS CE or Linux based - C Programming ,
Arm 9 based hardened computers flash disks with I/O MS CE or Linux based - C Programming Rabbit based hardened computers with SD Flash cards COS multitasker based - C Programming Distributed IO For OS and OSless PACs and PLCs Distributed I/O :- Network Brain or Controller - Hardened ethernet
Distributed I/O :- Comms connected Hardened ethernet ,
Distributed I/O :- PC Based - Hardened 4 wire RS-485 Soft Logic PLCs and PACs For Industrial or Commercial PCs Distributed I/O :- using Ethernet Distributed Brains and IO OSless
Distributed I/O :- using Computer DAQ I/O Windows and Linux OS with Software Tools ,
Distributed I/O :- Using External ADAM RS-232/485 I/O Windows and Linux OS with Software Tools ,
Distributed I/O :- Profibus and Foundation Fieldbus OSless ,
Distributed I/O :- DeviceNet and CANbus OSless mostly ,
Distributed I/O :- Modbus Serial and TCP OSless mostly
Distributed I/O :- USB and Ethernet DAQ I/O modules PCs using Windows and Linux OS
AC~DC Power Control - AC & DC Power Control Systems Solid State or Contact Relays ,
AC Proportional Power Control Systems Thyristors or IGBTs ,
PID Control PID Controllers (huge range lowest cost performance) ,
Recorder and Chart Systems Digital Indicators, Charts and Recorders ,
Industrial LCD Displays HMIs ,
IP65, Marine, Industrial, large sizes, bright sunlight
Digital Panels Meters Digital Panel meters ,
Programmable Digital Panel meters
Software Systems SCADA Software Windows OPTO 22 PAC flow chart programming: No OS Measurement Studio Programming: Windows LabVIEW Software Windows, Apple DAQ Factory Software Windows DasyLab Graphical Programming: Windows ,
Rabbit Semiconductor Dynamic C Embedded development: No OS or COS multitasker HMI Works No OS for controllers and Smart Panel displays IsaGRAF+InduSOFT programmable Industry standard software for PACs DAQAmi Non Program DAQ, Graphing, Logging and Export Excel CSV files Motion Systems Servo and stepper Windows ,
Imaging, Cameras, Lights & Systems Imaging systems Windows Industrial Transmitters 4-20mA Transmitters - all types ,
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