Factory automation and control

Learn about sub-systems and trends relevant to factory automation design.

This factory automation series discusses key sub-system blocks for control systems, communication and field devices. It covers how Industry 4.0 drives changes in industrial communications, how safety requirements impact control systems (PLC, DCS, PAC, …) and field devices as well as sensing for predictive maintenance. On top of this, it also covers the necessary foundations for any engineer starting a design career in this field:

  • Efficient power architecture for isolated or non-isolated topologies
  • Signal chain for sensor input, voltage and currents (4..20mA) input/output
  • Common industrial examples implementation.

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