Digitalization is top of mind for manufacturing executives and engineers. As they continuously try to find solutions to be more competitive and improve their systems, they also have to ensure that their operations are not disrupted.
Engineers should plan a strategy to address the challenges of replacing their controllers with these three guidelines:
Select a controller that minimizes disruptions while enhancing productivity, data transparency, and flexibility.
Advanced controllers offer features such as open-system architecture providing maximum interoperability across automation components. Modern controllers minimize engineering time, reduce costs, and boost flexibility through consistent data management, global standards, and uniform hardware and software interfaces.
Select a controller that will minimize training with easy-to-configure hardware.
Knowledge accumulated over the years through different programmers is important and shouldn’t be lost. Make sure you choose a controller that makes it easy to preserve this knowledge.
Select a vendor that provides transparency into systems diagnostics to avoid costly downtime.
It is critical to have the ability to diagnose and resolve issues as well as understand the information provided from within your automation system. Additionally, advanced systems that have the capability to send alerts to mobile devices and provide the capabilities to login and make recommendations through standard Windows tools can reduce response time and save money.
With planning and preparation, modernization of controllers can be seamless to your operations while providing the benefits of digitalization—increased productivity, reduced maintenance costs, reduction of energy consumption, elevated product quality and accelerated innovation.
Read this PDF to learn how Siemens helps address the challenges of controller replacement through Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)