Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)
PLC stands for Programmable Logic Controller. They are industrial computers used to control different electro-mechanical processes for use in manufacturing, plants, or other automation environments. PLCs vary in size and form factors. Some are small enough to fit in your pocket while others are large enough to require their own heavy-duty racks to mount. Some PLC’s can be customized with back planes and functional modules to fit different types of industrial applications.
- Rugged and designed to withstand vibrations, temperature, humidity and noise.
- PLC has a lot of contacts and low cost and safe.
- It has a very faster scan time, it has a fast operating time.
- It has capable to communicate with a computer in the plant.
This IIoT architecture allows industrial organizations to build IIoT solutions on top of brownfield systems. This improves bandwidth usage and makes PLC data from edge-of-networks widely available throughout the organization. The industry continues to see new products entering the market ranging from devices like Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs) which combine the functionality of PLCs with higher-level PC functionality all the way to industrial embedded hardware. Even with these new products, PLCs remain popular because of their simplicity, affordability, and usefulness. And software like Ignition will enable organizations to maximize their usefulness for many years to come.
The programmable logic controller (PLC) market is driven by the increasing demand for compact automation solutions. In addition, the demand for PLCs in renewable power generation is anticipated to boost the growth of the programmable logic controller (PLC) market. The rising adoption of IoT-enabled devices is causing design challenges related to the reduction of price and the attainment of the benefits of factory automation for manufacturers and system integrators. Most SMEs look for small form factors that can provide the same functionalities and features as large devices while consuming lesser power. The availability of PLCs enables SMEs to utilize control-level automation at a low cost without compromising on productivity. Vendors are focusing on developing flexible machine designs that incorporate inputs from OEMs, manufacturers, and system integrators. Therefore, the increasing demand for compact automation solutions is expected to drive the growth of the global PLC market during the forecast period.