Integrated Automation is a strategy in the automation technology developed in 1996. It involves the integration of extensive single components, tools and services to achieve an Automation solution. It is an efficient interoperability of all automation components. The open system architecture spans the entire production process and this offers maximum interoperability across all automation components.
Open system architecture is possible by consistent data management, global standards and uniform interfaces for hardware and software. Integration brings together the virtual and real worlds, spanning product development and production process which increases efficient production in each process step from product design to product planning, engineering, and actual production process including services.
Productivity and efficiency are success factors for manufacturing industries. A central role is played by engineering as it relates to ever more complex machinery and plants. A high level of efficiency is in demand and the first step toward better production: faster, more flexible and more intelligent.
Totally integrated automation means efficient interoperability of all components. This allows for the holistic optimization of the production process which is as follows:
- Efficient engineering is possible with cost savings.
- Due to integrated communication there is high flexibility in production
- Seamless integrated safety technology is possible with protection of personnel, machinery and the environment.
- Due to integrated communication there is higher flexibility in production.
- Due to data consistency there is improved quality.
- Due to interoperability of system-tested components there is better performance.
The entire production process is managed in a open system architecture and is based on the consistent presence of shared characteristics like consistent data management, global standards and uniform hardware and software interfaces. These characteristics are shared and minimize engineering time. The ultimate result of all this is lower costs, reduced time to market and greater flexibility.
Due to relatively small production volumes and huge varieties of applications, industrial automation makes use of new technologies developed in other markets. Automation companies customize products for specific application and requirements. From targeted application, the innovation comes rather than any hot or new technology.
The new innovations have given industrial automation new surges of growth since the past few decades. The Programmable logic controller is now replaced by relay-logic and generates growth in applications where custom logic was difficult to implement and change. This controller is reliable than relay-contacts and easy to program and reprogram. In automobile test installation the growth was rapid and had to be re-programmed. The programmable logic controller has a long and productive life and has now become a commodity. Through the use of computers for control systems the programmable controller was developed. Similar such new developments in industrial automation have enabled higher growth potential.
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