Voices: Dan Hebert

On-machine vs. in-cabinet for automation components

Machine-mount PLCs, I/O, motion controllers and other automation components decreases wiring and facilitates modularization, but at what cost?

By Dan Hebert, PE, contributing editor
Sep 29, 2016

Many machine-builder OEMs could benefit from mounting automation components directly on their machines instead of in control cabinets. This has been a goal of many OEMs for some time for a number of reasons, and it’s more feasible now as more components are available with appropriate IP69K and NEMA 4 ratings.

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