Moving PLCs, I/O and other control equipment closer to the input and output devices they manage has become standard practice among design professionals. It offers a number of advantages, one of which is that it allows for modular design of industrial manufacturing systems.Modular system design means that individual subsystems can be completely fabricated, tested and function as standalone subsystems at the OEM before being delivered to an end user’s factory. This step greatly simplifies on-site installation and commissioning of a new manufacturing system and aids in future upgrades and expansion. It stands to reason that these same advantages can be realized if the…Full Story
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