Industrial Automation Consulting Services
Industrial Automation Solution is a system integration company based in Southern California that specializes in robot integration, industrial automation system design and PLC programming for variety of automation projects. If you have an idea for new automation project or need to upgrade an existing system utilizing a more current platform, we can help. Call us (657)263-6852
Industrial Automation Solution Technical Support
Need to find a knowledgeable and honest system integration company ? We can support most major manufactures factory automation equipment. This includes services for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Human Machine interface (HMI), Motion Controllers, Servo Amplifiers, Variable Speed Drives (VFD) and Robots.
Upgrading Existing Automation System
If your current automation system is obsolete or has limited capabilities, it might be time to upgrade. We can reduce downtime while upgrading your existing automation system to the most current hardware and software. Don’t have a current migration path to update your current automation system. Contact us, we can help make the process painless.
Automated Machine Control
At the center of most automated machine control is a PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) with an industrial grade processor. The PLC has the capabilities of reading the status of inputs as well as controlling the state of outputs. These input devices include switches, contacts and temperature sensors. In addition, the PLC performs logic based on the status of the input signals and as a result, turns on the appropriate output. PLC programming is accomplished using an application software developed for that particular manufactures PLC and should follow the IEC 61131-3 specification. Furthermore, this specification defines several different types of programming languages. The different programming types are Ladder Logic, Structured Text, Function Block and Sequential Flow Chart. The system integrator or PLC programmer typically uses a combination of different programming languages in a project.
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The most common and inexpensive type of PLC is the brick style. These units come with a predefined number of inputs and outputs and have limited expansion capabilities. The input and output type and quantity will vary based on the model of the chosen unit. They are usually found on stand alone machines with lower processor speed requirements and a minimum amount of communications capabilities needed.
Another popular style of PLC is the rack mount type. These units have a parallel back-plane where the power supply and CPU along with the input and output modules plug into a rack. The CPU communicates to the expansion modules through the back-plane, which reduces overall CPU processing load, do to the expansion modules having their own processor. The PLC manufacturer will offer several choices of processor speed and memory configurations. They also have many types of input and output modules along with communication and safety options.
Industrial Automation Solution Tips For Selecting The Correct Robot
There are several considerations when selecting the type and size of a robot. Industrial Automation Solution can help guide you through the process of your robot integration.
Firstly, you will need to determine how much reach will be necessary for the application. This is commonly referred to as the envelope size. For example, to determine the robot reach needed, measure the distance from the base of the robot to the part pick up and dropped off locations.
Secondly, the payload of the parts. The payload of the application is based on the weight of the part, in addition to the EOA (End of Arm) tooling.
Thirdly, the accuracy and speed needed for the application. These values are typically found in the specification from the robot manufacturer.
Lastly, safety !!! There are several option regarding safety. Area scanners, light curtains and collaborative type robots are a few of the choices.
In short, selecting a robot can be challenging but Industrial Automation Solution is a robot integration company with a diversity of experience. We can help with the robot selection process.
SCADA System Integration
SCADA: Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition– Most industrial automation solutions need a window into the control process. This window can be used to either monitor the system status or start a process. SCADA systems are typically hosted on a Windows based computer such as a panel mounted PC. On larger SCADA systems, for example, they would use a dedicated PC in a control room that could control and monitor several processes throughout the facility.
In addition, the industrial automation system might also require an HMI (Human Machine Interface) panel mounted near the process. Similarly, to the SCADA system integration an HMI requires screen development software to create the different screens. The difference between an HMI and SCADA system is the number of data points and frequency in which needs to be monitored or logged. Typically, SCADA systems are used on larger systems. An HMI is used when local visualization is needed.
IoT Factory Automation Systems
IoT: Internet of Things is a term used in industrial automation that describe a system with smart devices. These devices can be PLC’s or various web based devices communicating to a cloud based server. This cloud based server supports development software that allows the developer to configure devices located in remote locations, such as industrial manufacturing plants. Also, the software is used to create dashboards that can be viewed from any computer with an Internet connection. For example, a gateway with Internet access is located locally near the automated machines. The gateway would be connected to a router over Ethernet. This router would be connected to the individual devices. Thus, connecting the automated machines to the cloud based server. Furthermore, you can define a locations to store the data being collected from the industrial automated machines, such as a data base or Enterprise System. Please see drawing below.
Industrial Automation Solution latest project
Industrial Automation Solution was contacted by Adrian, the director of engineering at Health-Ade, a manufacturer of health drinks. Adrian called us and was quite upset about the his automated VFD conveyor control system being down and needed someone to respond or he was going to have to start sending employees home. This automated VFD conveyorContinue reading “Automated VFD Conveyor Control Cleanup”
RoboTire, who is designing a robotic automated tire removal/installation station was creating a new concept utilizing 2 articulated arm Mitsubishi robots. They contracted Industrial Automation Solution to complete the robot integration of these two robots into their latest design concept. Currently, we are in initial stages of programming, testing and design and are adding CognexContinue reading “Robot Integration for Tire Removal/Installation Station”
Mitsubishi Electric Automation Robot 3D Vision System was developed in response to the needs of the manufacturing industry, enabling customers to create and deploy a robotic random part picking solution that works quickly, accurately, and with dexterity. Employing Canon proprietary digital imaging technologies, the RV1100, RV1100P, RV500 and RV300 serve as the “eyes” of MitsubishiContinue reading “Mitsubishi Electric Automation Robot 3D Vision System”
Unitronics Adds New Motion Control Solution: Unitronics is known for combination HMI + PLC units has now introduced motion control to their already robust line-up. Easy to implement motion function blocks that help with development and commissioning make it a great choice for machine builders. Check out the latest developments with Unitronics. Known for highContinue reading “Unitronics Adds New Motion Control Solution”