AutomationDirect recently released a white paper titled, “Processor Power and Energy Efficiency”, which explains how consumer electronic microprocessor improvements also provide a catalyst for industrial automation advancements.
Modern electronic devices, such as smart phones, tablets, etc. can be used to perform myriad tasks, including messaging, photos, videos, music, alarms, day planners, GPS and more. The same trend of combining what once required several components into one device is also apparent in industrial automation.
The white paper explains that while energy efficiency is vital for consumer electronics, new powerful chips offer many advantages to the automation world in terms of price, time-to-market, flexibility and reliability. This is evident in modern PLCs. The integration of more components into microprocessors has eliminated the need for additional external automation components. These components include, but are not limited to, data loggers, ASCII or math co-processors, digital communication cards, proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers and more.
The white paper explains how consolidating functionality into fewer components also creates lower overall costs and power usage for the total system, while providing easier integration and greater reliability.
Download a copy of the white paper as a PDF by clicking here.
AutomationDirect is a distributor offering thousands of industrial automation products for pneumatic and electrical control systems, including PLCs, operator interfaces, AC drives, motors, stepper systems, sensors, motor controls, enclosures and more. For more information, call (800) 633-0405 or visit www.automationdirect.com.