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Industrial automation is going through rapid technological changes by adopting new systems and networking architectures.
FREMONT, CA: Earlier the industrial automation was hesitant to adopt the innovative high-end technologies from the market. Enterprises in this sector preferred to use the techniques that were proven to ensure their users with security, safety, and consistent operations with time. However, this ideology has started to transform drastically with the evolution of Industry 4.0. Evolution has brought various technological changes that have severely impacted the industrial space. The industry is trying to apply the latest systems and augmented networking architectures in the past several years.
The connection between the advanced information, networking technologies, and communication boost automation and its industrial applications. These technologies have helped human beings and machines to collaborate and work on the factory floor and supply chain. However, the trend has also majorly impacted the industrial controllers.
The virtualized control system consists of the PLCs, HMIs and supervisory control, data acquisition (SCADA) systems, distributed control systems (DCSs). Unlike the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) option, this new control system requires fewer physical servers. The functions of virtualized controls can also be combined and implemented in a single platform instead of utilizing each feature as a different application. The companies can upgrade the control processes, optimize, and increase the implementation of new functions due to its flexible open software-based architecture.
These virtualized controls have been utilized by a provider of engineering services and aerospace systems. The company launched a platform through which control system manufacturers can design and create an application with modular and straightforward builds that will be less expensive and take less time. In a virtualized environment, the software will change according to the maintenance of the control systems. Therefore, it will become easy for the plant engineers to focus on the optimization of control systems as the server management dedicated to the centralized data that has particular protocols that maintain the performance of the application.
With the evolution of automation and control systems, the instrumentation will also develop to allow the changes. For the plant operators, the instrumentation will become more interactive and easy to use with Easy-to-read dashboards. Now, the networked systems can transfer the data to the center where it is combined and analyzed for using instead of permitting the operators to assess the instrumentation near the process where it is installed.