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Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 2 of 2)

Bag Palletizing(3)Plant productivity can be measured in multiple ways including instantaneous productivity (a snapshot at any given time) and total productivity (throughput over time).

Technically speaking, there is no difference in performance between a traditional robot controller approach or PLC-integrated controls. Because there is no performance difference, instantaneous productivity is not impacted in either case. Continue reading

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Catching Fire: PLC-Integrated Robots (Part 1 of 2)

img_MLX200There are always proponents and skeptics of new technology.  Skeptics resist, maintaining nothing is broken, so why fix it? As a proponent of new technology, I believe its role is to accelerate productivity and to create a new approach to an issue rather than to fix existing problems.

The buzz about advances in PLC-integrated robot technology has grown louder over the last five years. According to The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), integrated robot controls is one of the key trends in automation and control technology

Skeptics say this technology is not a viable solution. While I agree that PLC-integrated robots are not applicable for every application and industry, they do make robot controls more familiar and easier to use in many applications.

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