Improve productivity, be more flexible to customer needs, and provide better working conditions, by using technologies from factories of the future, as needed by industry and company type, with faster return on investment (ROI).
Technology update: Optimization is among key trends for manufacturing and process facilities highlighted in the media session at ARC Forum 2019.
IMO Precision Controls Push Fit Connection DIN Rail Terminal Blocks from FactoryMation offer faster wire connections with no tools required and are designed to reduce both wiring time and difficulty.
Process automation systems need lower lifecycle costs, easier integration with third-party components, better scaling, intrinsic security, flatter architecture, and interoperability. Multiple, broad-based efforts are underway to create cooperative, rather than conflicting, standards.
Automation product design, system integration, and application advice follows from some of the 2019 Engineers’ Choice winners.
Automation advice: Devices and systems should provide a positive customer experience and be easily connect, monitor, commission, and operate. Use the smartphone benchmark.
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The research and development tax credit can help control systems and process engineers offset the mounting costs from product and service enhancements.
Machine-friendly input/output (I/O) hardware for high-end measurement technology continues to grow, optimizing power monitoring while eliminating harmonic distortion.
Legalities: A letter of credit can help guarantee payment or performance by a customer or integrator that has not yet established a credit history with the other party to the arrangement—especially if offices of the two parties are far apart.