Consider machine integration in the design phase

Development of new connection methods has changed the rules.

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Machine integration design decisions affect all parts of a machine, including power distribution, safety, I/O, system communication and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These integration decisions also affect the machine-build efforts and long-term maintenance of the machine or system. The labor for machine integration starts during mechanical build and continues through machine startup and operation. How can the latest automation technology simplify and speed machine integration for machine builders and system integrators? Running discrete wires to all field devices has been a common integration method in the past, but there have been changes to machine…

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