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Industrial control is a highly developed field that advances year on year as the underlying technology advances. But will it and all its specialist sub-sets continue to thrive? Gerard Bush, a motion specialist with INMOCO, offers his opinion.
£480,000 is a lot of money. But that is what I was told it costs one of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturers per hour when it experiences downtime on its paint plant. Your overheads may not be as substantial as this example, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the old adage you hear in every corner of business and production is true: time is money.
Depending on the era and application, industrial automation technology has been influenced by a wide variety of fieldbuses and protocols for connecting individual field devices and control systems since the 1980s. So far, these specific fieldbuses have satisfied the real time conditions of the relevant application while remaining incompatible with one another.