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Industrial Control Systems & Robotic Automation
Industrial Control Systems & Robotic Automation


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Industrial Control Systems for all industries, manufacturing, small or midsize business. From single or multiple panel build systems, through to full custom industrial electrical control cabinets
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Improving Alarm Management on Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) -

Industrial Control Systems involve more cables, or industrial control panels.
Alarm management is one aspect that need a well prepared plan with objectives and goals.

The alarms will trigger during specific incident, examples: alarms for temperature, pressure sensors, equipment damage or personnel within an area that isn't monitored by a live operator. It is crucial that the systems send notifications easy to understand to help the operator to take immediate actions.

Alarm management need to be improved in order to avoid overloading alarms messages. It is crucial to have strong management systems in place because one important alarm can be missed by the operator.

Some steps to improve the alarm management are:

Prioritize alarm impact

Having too many alarms can slow response times and there's always the danger of missing a critical alarm among the ordinary ones, then it's too late to repair.

As part of the alarm management process, one must determine the impact that an alarm has on operations and assign a degree of severity. It is strongly recommended that the person who assign the severity designation is someone with good knowledge of the process.

Industrial Control Systems - Performance metrics

One approach is to review the current status based on performance metrics general guidance. According, The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) has produced guidance on the design and optimisation of alarm systems for industrial processes. The aim of this guidance is to help engineers develop alarm systems that are more useablel and which result in safer and more cost-effective operation.

EEMUA 191 advises that a system should not exceed 144 alarms per 24-hour period per operator, or one alarm every 10 minutes, though these numbers can vary by production process and industry.
Establish a baseline for current situation and define a plan for improvement

Alarm management Key points to consider:

- Usability – does the system meet user needs & operate within their capabilities;
- Performance monitoring – initial design, – commitment to review and continuous improvement;
- Track history - key performance measures for the system (e.g. alarm rates)
Safety – identify the safety contribution of the system; human performance and reliability.
- Engineering investment – structured design method – justify & engineer all alarms – Reason or justification for each alarm documented

Try to learn as much as possible about alarm management systems to help you reduce the downtime production or search for a reliable system automation company.

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SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition) software systems are rapidly advancing. Better HMI designs, event processing, and cloud integration are just some of the technology trends that help customers maximise their SCADA system ROI.

Most of the systems should be upgraded for the following reasons:

Firs indicator, their system has reached the end of its life. All systems need to upgrade when an upgrade would result in significant energy savings.

Second indicator, when you require other major plant renovations or upgrades. There are a few red flags to keep in mind.

Third indicator, when Microsoft Windows operating system IS no longer supported or will not run in more modern systems, it's time to upgrade. New operating systems protect from virus and cybersecurity issues.

Fourth indicator, the system breakdown because hardware is no longer being manufactured and spare parts aren't available on the market. It will risk your entire facility even with minor failure.

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Series of TIPS to Increase Efficiency and Productivity, see Tip #1
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This video will give you a quick look at how Robotics Systems or Robotic integration is carried out. Hope you enjoy watching, if you do, please like the video, thanks. Any other questions about Industrial Control Systems or Robotic Automation are welcome.
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Critical aspect of design and layout when built an Industrial control panel

Industrial control panel Layout and component must be laid out in a logical-functional manner. Some of the components of the control panel manufacture are power distribution, switches, breakers, terminals, fuse and safety elements.

The highest voltage elements of the control panel should have a logical and functional layout for easy troubleshooting. The schematics should reflect the hierarchy of the elements from the highest voltage to the lowest voltage level. When the control panel is built is important to keep enough space for future expansion.

Automation Controller is another part of the system that does more replace relays, the controller can be capable of integrating robotics, Multi-axis motion, logic control, Network safety, CPUs and with the new industrie 4.0 communicating with other machines and management systems.

Controllers should be able to run on multiple operating systems like Microsoft Windows or Linux using the same processor. The performance of the processor allows the control software to be compatible across the controller product line.

Whereas neatness is probably the first thing to look for a well-designed panel, there are others by-product and other well-executed aspects of panel design that needs to take into account. Search and contact an expert that knows about the subject.
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Robotic automation systems already keep growing and transforming manufacturing. Large companies need to see closely their automation investments current production requirements. It requires a deep understanding of the organization’s processes and manufacturing systems before proceeding with the investment.

Large companies especially Automotive industry, Aerospace Industry, Plastic Industry and others have more complicate automation process, adding the pressure to maximize the return on investments, reduce production time for new products from design to full-scale production. Choosing the right robot systems, and robot integrator will help the company in this complicated and demanding task.

Industrial robots are cheaper, more capable, and more flexible than never. Robots are accelerating the growth of automation for manufacturer and suppliers. Companies need to align their automation strategy closely with the current and future needs of the business or your production facilities.
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Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems is rapidly growing. You should consider upgrading your software in order to increase communication, performance and future planning. Think ahead your competitors and consult with a reliable system integrator, they will explain the benefits of the SCADA system or the reason why is important to upgrade your actual system.
In this modern and advanced world, SCADA manufacturers have introduced new tools that help systems integrators and developers to build better Human Machine Interface (HMI). Some of them are:
1. Showing the Key performance indicators (KPIs) for easy reference with the historical data.
2. Clearer screen and indicators to help an operator to take a better decision.
3. Indicating irregular conditions on the production process and prioritize them
4. Comparison KPIs values history with regular values
For data to be useful, the system should provide enough and clear information. More data does not mean faster or better decision for the operator. The operator needs to be aware and understand the data that sensors provide. A system integrator will ensure you will receive the appropriate information at the right time.

A system integrator together with the company set rules, filters that will trigger an event in the system. For example: when the fan is running, valve open or close, temperature indicators, heating or cooling coil is open or closed. Once the rules are identified, it will create an event that will trigger any abnormal condition of specific rule.
The SCADA system can do the following:
• Send an alert notification
• Send a complete report with values during the event
• Send an automatic email for maintenance supervisor
• Generate work order for the maintenance system
Industrial robots can be connected to give the ability to manipulate the world around them. It allows robotics to use local and distributed data to determine a course of action and then implement actions. Robots that act as a part of the Internet of Thing (IoTs) infrastructure improve manufacturing and one common architecture many applications use to integrate robotics have communicating with the PLC, which then communicates with the robots.

These are some reason how you can benefit from SCADA vs Robotic Automation. Industrial control systems and robotics are working together to bring companies new opportunities.
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We invest in latest technology solutions for our clients. First and foremost we have to be good at what we do, Robotics and Industrial Control Systems are what we do best. We have the personnel who are technically capable and who can communicate well with our clients. Our client can lose a lot of production if we do not perform and we have to maintain a high level of confidence in our engineers in order to ensure quality.

Training of our staff is necessary as technologies change and advance. We invest in people, the success of the company is ultimately down to the quality of engineering and our contract execution.

The engineers including robotic, control panel and installation staffs are constantly trained to carry out turnkey solutions for our clients offering Project Management, Electrical design, Electrical installation and testing, Software design, Robot programming, Control panel manufacture, assembly, testing and delivery, Electrical, software and functional commissioning, Client training and production support.

85%+ contracts are mainly in the automotive industry worldwide but we have work with small business to help them achieved their project. Contact us
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