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Automated Control System

Automated Control System it’s a set of hardware and software tools that allow you to provide and automate the effective management of processes in the enterprise. The tasks of the automated control system include both the control of production processes (MES systems) and the management of various business processes that are not related to production and related to the field of enterprise resource planning (ERP solutions).

The word “automated” means that the system is not automatic, that is, it still needs the participation of a human operator.

In the automated control system, the staff is primarily responsible for monitoring the part of the process that is performed automatically.

The main task of the automated control system

The main functions of the automated control system are to increase the productivity of employees based on the scientific organization of the labor process, effective enterprise resource planning and automation of routine operations, especially those associated with the processing of large amounts of information (data ACS).

The purpose of an automated control system is to speed up the execution of any production or technological process. The process becomes more efficient due to the fact that most of the functions are assigned to the computer system.

Benefits of industrial automation of modern facilities

  • keeping operational records of production;
  • cost management and timely management decisions;
  • work planning and distribution of labor resources and capacities;
  • operational management of the production cycle;
  • formation of production reporting;
  • conducting a comprehensive analysis and monitoring of the enterprise’s activities;
  • calculation of the cost of produced commodity units.

Main components of automated control system

  • devices designed to provide protection against surge voltage in power and information lines;
  • power supplies that are placed in control cabinets;
  • industrial Ethernet network switches, they are made in durable protective cases and are most suitable for industrial use;
  • devices that include a number of interface relays for measurement and control;
  • input and output modules combine data acquisition systems, which should fully satisfy the requirements of the tasks being solved, are compatible with any PLS and IPC systems

Industrial Automation and Control Systems classification

As a rule, all automated process control systems are divided into three global classes:

SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition)

SCADA systems are designed to monitor and supervise a large number of remote objects.

The main task of SCADA systems is to collect information about a variety of remote objects coming from control points and display this information in a single dispatch center. Also, the SCADA system must provide long-term archiving of the received data. The dispatcher often has the ability not only to passively observe the object, but also to control it, reacting to various situations.

PLC – Programmable Logic Controller

The PLC is often referred to as a hardware module for implementing automatic control algorithms. However, the term PLC has a more general meaning and is often used to refer to an entire class of system.

DCS (distributed system)

Some experts consider this classification to be very conditional, because. hybrid systems have been introduced in recent years. According to a number of characteristics, they can be classified into several classes.

Automation of production processes - main types

  • Partial automation – automation of individual devices, machines, operations. It is done when the management of processes is practically inaccessible to a person due to their complexity or transience. Often, work equipment is partially automated. Local automation is widely used in the food industry.
  • Integrated automation – provides automation of a technological site, workshop or enterprise into a single automated complex. For example, power plants.
  • Full automation is the highest level. All functions in the management of production (at the company level) are transferred to technical means. Nuclear energy companies can be called fully automated.
Engineering Company Automatic Group USA offers you a range of services for the development of an automated process control system. We provide services for programming controllers, organization of automated workstations, commissioning of automated process control systems.

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