Mobile operator interfaces for machines and robots started out as laptop PCs and have evolved to tablets and smartphones. By whatever the mobile device, reasons for use are the same. “Mobile devices make crucial information available instantly, where it’s needed,” says Scott Kortier, technical evangelist with Wonderware by Schneider Electric. “Machines keep running optimally because operators can respond quickly to customer and technician needs. Access to machine data anywhere can limit downtime and waste material or allow operators to ‘see’ remote or poorly accessible locations.” Smartphones and tablets have a wide range of functions useful for mobile…Full Story
Many end users don't really know what PAC is, or what the differences between PLCs and PACs are. The reality is, OEMs and machine designers need to educate users better.