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Innovative Thinking

What to Consider When Specifying for New Components

At one point or another, system engineers have to go through the challenging task of replacing a component with a new one. It may be due to a vast amount of reasons such as:

  • The manufacturer discontinued support
  • Lack of reliability in terms of procurement
  • Overly-inflated cost
  • Frequent failures
  • Technical conflicts

However, replacing a part isn’t that easy, especially when choosing it in the first place required going through a lengthy process. The major problem is the absence of a direct cross-reference pointing to the new item. The entire product specifications have to be dissected and then searched through various manufacturers’ products.

Speak to Your Electrical System with PLCs

The Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has been one of the most evolving components of the automation industry, quick to take on changes that would enhance its capabilities and functionalities. PLCs have become completely assimilated into all major industries that require some sort of automation to complete their processes.

The Benefits of Busbar Power Distribution Systems

A typical busbar system is made up of copper busbars and splice connectors, and provide a standard way of making connections to panel mounted and bus mounted components. A high degree of safety is maintained throughout all such actions. Busbar power distributions systems are gradually taking over conventional wiring methods as they have a number of benefits attributed to them.

Choosing Between Cobots and Industrial Robots

Robots have served as the backbone of the manufacturing industry for decades, replacing humans in repetitive, laborious and time-consuming tasks. Advancements in engineering introduced robots to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and soon, the idea of collaborative robots took over. The scope of having a machine understand and work with you was promising, triggering developers to vigorously work on the idea. Simultaneous advancements in technology and boom in processing capabilities, turned the entire idea into practicality.

Motor and Motor Control Troubleshooting Techniques

The widespread use of motors in fields ranging from manufacturing to household applications means that downtime due to a malfunctioned motor can result in a great loss of productivity. A step-by-step approach is the best way you can analyze and subsequently troubleshoot a failed system.

Premier Automation Receives Ranking for Fastest Growing Companies

Premier Automation has recently been confirmed a winner of the 2017 Fastest Growing Companies by the Pittsburgh Business Times!

The results are in, and Premier Automation has received recognition for their 17.2% growth in sales from 2014-2016. There are 101 companies ranked by overall growth and within industry categories. With an overall ranking of 91, Premier Automation also received the ranking as number 8 in the Environmental/Engineering/Energy category.

Now with 106 employees (8 of whom were part of the original founding team) Premier Automation’s vision remains the same as they strive to help local, national, and international companies become more technologically advanced through innovative answers and passionate engineering. Premier Automation looks forward to many more successful years!

Trends Impacting Motion Controls

Two major trends have greatly impacted the Motion Controls industry, and are currently affecting the global controls market: safety and single-cable servo motors. Therefore, knowing about the changing trends beforehand can serve as a great way to route the selection of your automation hardware in the right direction.

The Knowledge Required for IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most important, if not the most important topic of R&D units throughout the global industrial landscape. It is part of the new industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0, and its prime focus is to offer greater reliability, flexibility and security within industrial systems through connectivity.

As IoT is combination of various technologies, and focusses on the coordinated operation of multiple assets, it is impossible for traditional developers to adjust to the new reality without uplifting their knowledgebase.

Switching from AC to DC for Clean Energy

Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison are two polarizing figures in the field of electricity, both being equally credited and acclaimed for their inventions and innovations. As we know AC, or Alternating Current, was invented by Tesla while Thomas Edison put his DC power to work, with both sides trying to prove their technology’s worth. At the time DC won the battle but in the long-run lost the war, as eventually the entire global electric infrastructure adopted AC as the standard for transmission and distribution.  

Differences between SCADA & HMI

Many beginner automation enthusiasts often fail to establish appreciable differences between Supervisory Control & Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs). They often confuse both these entities as being similar and working for the same end-result. While the latter may be true, as in the end achieving automation is the desired result, the two terms are quite different and have limited overlap.