PLC Systems: Why Programmable Controllers?

Before the advent of the programmable controller, there was the relay network. These networks consisted of lots of wires and any issue with the system resulted in long lead-times for maintenance. The use of hardwires vs programmable devices does not merit a debate; programmable devices offer more utility and less downtime when issues arise. The programmable controller (PLC System) is the premiere choice for industrial automation, but why?

First, the programmable controller requires less maintenance than the standard relay network. Businesses want efficiency. If an issue occurs: businesses do not want to stall production to fix their relay network. The overall industrial environment of assembly lines and production fit the I/O infrastructure of programmable controllers. PLC systems require less maintenance, and utilizing Virtual Private Networks PLCs provides remote diagnostic solutions for troubleshooting and error handling. The ladder logic of the programmable controller is simpler than the standard programming language.

Programmable logic controllers are the base layer of automation for external applications. There are many automated technologies using PLCs; that people take for granted: car washes, elevators, and traffic lights. The automotive industry, now integrating self-driving cars, was the first industry; to integrate PLCs. Another integration of programmable controllers is monorails. Infinity Industrial has provided PLC control panels for monorail control systems for the Tampa International Airport, Orlando international airport, and Disneyworld!


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Think of a programmable controller like a minor computer; that can control an entire facility. Restaurants are a great use case of PLCs, utilizing control panels with a human-machine interface to power the store’s functions. Automating the AC units, lights, timers, and other functionality; makes it easier for restaurants to operate efficiently. For example, Panera utilizes hybrid control panels with HMI/PLC to operate its restaurants. Infinity Industrial specializes in programming PLCs to automate & optimize our customer’s production, improve their output, reduce their downtime, lessen their environmental impact & increase their bottom line.

Programmable logic controllers work with other technologies like SCADA Industrial Control Systems or an HMI. An HMI is a human-machine interface; used for a human to communicate with the machine. SCADA stands for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems. Programmable logic controllers are a software component of SCADA. Some applications of SCADA are manufacturing water systems and renewable energy conservation.

Finally, utilizing programmable controllers and SCADA — Infinity Industrial implemented an efficient water system in Tampa. SCADA drastically improves water infrastructure. Fabricating; custom electrical control panels, PLC coding, and water/wastewater pump control systems customized to meet the unique requirements of each municipality. Wastewater SCADA solutions designed by Infinity Industrial Controls engineers operate under a wide range of conditions; while maintaining flexibility for turnkey startups and other turnkey automation systems.