Industrial Automation Software

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Industrial automation is the effort to handle processes and machines with computers or robots rather than a human. In order to keep up with this technological evolution, software is a great tool to apply to this industry. There are a variety of software applications to complement a business. Our clients have had great things to say about our work. Below we highlighted some of the latest technologies.

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ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene is most commonly used for its impact resistance, toughness, and heat resistance. Each of these attributes can be modified in a number of ways to prepare ABS in different grades. Two major categories for ABS could include ABS for extrusion and ABS for injection molding. ABS is useful for manufacturing products. It can be used to mold various instruments, sports equipment, automotive components, toys, etc. 

AI

An Analog Input is used to convert voltage levels into a digital value that is able to be stored and processed in a computer. These sensors are able to measure a number of surrounding natural factors like temperature, pressure, etc. and convert them into voltages with digital values. 

AO

Analog Outputs can convert digital values from a computer into a variable voltage level that is presented on an output terminal. This allows for the output to be adjustable. In industrial automation, the AO module has the ability to transmit analog signals that operate controls such as hydraulic actuators, solenoids, and motor starters. 

ASCII

Text files used on the internet and computers are most commonly formatted as ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange). An ASCII file contains 128 possible alphabetic, numeric, or special characters under the representation of a 7-bit binary number. Operating systems that utilize the ASCII format include UNIX and DOS.

BOOTP

The Bootstrap Protocol is a computer networking protocol that is used in internet protocol networks. When a computer is connected to a network, the system software will broadcast BOOTP messages and will automatically request to be assigned an IP address to network devices from a configuration server. A BOOTP configuration server will assign an IP address based on the request from a pool of address that were configured by an administrator.

CAN

Controller-area Network is a standardized vehicle bus that allows for devices such as microcontrollers to communicate with each other’s applications without the need for a host computer. CAN is a message-based protocol, which was originally designed for multiplex electrical wiring within vehicles. In-turn, the use of CAN saves on a number of resources such as copper. Every device transmits the data sequentially, however it is done so in such a way that the most important devices have priority and will continue downloading while less important devices will hold off on downloads until priority devices complete their downloads. 

DCOM

Distributed Component Object Model, or DCOM, is a proprietary Microsoft technology for communication between software components on networked computers. 

EBCDIC

The eight-bit character encoding system that the IBM mainframe and IBM midrange computer mainly use is known as the Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code. The EBCDIC is actually descended from the cond used with punch cards and the corresponding six-bit binary-coded decimal code used with most of IBM’s computer peripherals ot the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The EBCDIC is also supported by various non- IBM platforms like Fujitsu-Siemens’ BS2000/OSD, the OS-IV, MSP, MSP-EX, the SDS Sigma series, Unisys VS/9, Burroughs MCP, and the ICL VME.

FBD

The Function Block Diagram, is a graphical language for programmable logic controller design, which can describe the function between input variables and output variables. A function is described as a set of elementary blocks. Input and output variables are connected to blocks by connection lines.

MII

The Media-Independent Interface is a standard interface that connects a fast Ethernet media access control block to a PHY chip. The MII is standardized by IEEE 802.3u and connects different types of PHYs to MACs. Since the MII is media independent, that means the different types of PHY devices for connecting to different media can be used without redesigning or replacing the MAC hardware.

HMI

Human Machine Interfaces are a user dashboard that requires a person to operate the system. The term can be applied to any screen that allows a user to interact with a device; however HMI is most commonly used for industrial processes. HMIs become more and more sophisticated with each year, becoming a useful tool in a number of settings such as visually displaying data or for tracking production time.

IANA

The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority is a function of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number’s (ICANN) autonomous system for number allocation, root management, media types. In addition, the IANA is largely responsible for the allocation of globally unique names and numbers that are used for internet protocols.

LAN

A computer network will often be referred to as a Local Area Network when it is being used to interconnect computers within a limited area, such as an office building. Ethernet and Wi-Fi are the two most common commonly used tools for LAN.

 

MAC

By IEEE 802 LAN/MAN standards, Media Access Controllers are used as a sublayer that controls the hardware that directly interacts with the wired, optical or wireless transmission medium. When used in cooperation with the Logical Link Control, these sublayers make up the data link layer.

OEM

OEM, meaning Original Equipment Manufacturer, is a term used to refer to the original producer of a product’s components. Since an automaker can certainly produce some parts and assemble the car, they can’t possibly produce each component of the vehicle, which is the purpose of OEMs. These parts are the ones selected by the vehicle’s engineers.

It’s particularly important to know the OEM as a mechanic or repair service, as parts may malfunction or become damaged in car accidents. Certainly, it is more cost-effective and environmentally friendly to replace one part than to replace the whole vehicle. OEM software can help identify the OEM and find and purchase replacement parts.

Case Study 

  • Spud Software developed a complete e-store system for major OEM
    • Related products
    • Recently viewed items
    • Robust searching mechanism
    • Detailed item categorization
    • Order history and management

Implementations

  • Data integration
  • eCommerce
  • Delivery tracking

PLC

A PLC, short for Programmable Logic Controller, is an industrial computer adapted for manufacturing. These can be utilized on assembly lines or anywhere it would be appropriate to automate mechanical processes. They were first developed for automobile manufacturing, but their adaptability allows them to operate in most harsh environments, making them ideal for other assembly lines.

The main components of a PLC typically include a processor, a rack, input assembly, output assembly, power supply, and some sort of software. Software is the key to control the machine operation and to access any data in may be programmed to collect.

Case Study 

  • Client needed PLC reporting and data review
    • Angle and Pressure Tracking
    • Camera Integration
    • Height Variances
    • Workflow/Business Validation

Implementations

  • Connected tooling equipment
  • Torque gun
  • Photo capture