Industrial Controls refer to many control systems and related instrumentation, devices, and networks. Moreover, this system is desirable for operating and automating industrial processes.
Depending on the sector, each ICS functions differently and is intentional for executing jobs effectively through electronic operations. However, the devices utilized in GE Industrial controls are active in every industrial sector and vital infrastructure. For instance, manufacturing, transportation, power, and water treatment industries use these devices and protocols.
What Is Industrial Control Convergence?
Industrial Controls Convergence is a new trend that automates most commercial processes through networking and software linking. However, you can link these devices with multiple devices, tools, and controllers. A wide range of sensors and other devices can gather vast information.
The concept of GE Industrial controls Convergence makes this data retrievable for analysis. However, you can see some of this technology with robots in manufacturing plants. In several industries, sensors and controllers can tell a machine where to go and what actions to perform. The convergence concept links these robots to the network to gather information in real-time.
Here are some examples:
- Manufacture environments can gather information about inventory usage, product count, and other valuable data.
- HVAC systems use sensors to gather information about interior and exterior climate changes. PCs, PLCs, and IPCs, can control heating, cooling, and ventilation systems in response to the sensor information.
- Various types of sensors are already gathering information, so they store, analyze and use that information to expand production, efficiency, and performance
Types Of Industrial Control Systems
GE Industrial controls have the organization of several classes by reference to their control action’s complexity of the overall ICS functions. Moreover, common types of these control systems include:
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)
- Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
- Remote Terminal Units (RTUs)
- Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs)
- Distributed Control Systems
- Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
- Programmable Automation Controllers (PACs)
- Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS)
Above eight are common types of industrial control systems. Moreover, the following are the top three standard available control systems.
Distributed Control Systems:
You can install and control an industrial control system in a distributed fashion. However, this distributed control system allows individual control of dispersed systems or processes. Moreover, this control system refers to control obtained by intelligence spread throughout the process of management.
Remote Terminal Units:
A remote terminal unit is a microprocessor-based electronic device used in industrial controls. Therefore, this unit links various devices to distributed control systems or supervisory switches and data acquisition. Moreover, remote telemetry units and virtual control units are other names for RTUs.
Programmable Logic Controllers:
Programmable logic controller (PLC) based systems: PLCs network to share data and give centralized monitoring and control competence.
Control systems composed of networked PLCs replace plant DCS and RTU-based systems in various sectors. However, they were best for factory automation and have historically excelled in high-speed discrete control. But nowadays, they offer analog control capability as well.
Benefits of Industrial Control System
Increased Health And Safety
Health and safety, including SCADA, are the key benefits of industrial control systems. Understanding the working environment in which workers can offer you a crucial edge in keeping them safe.
Minimization Of Threat Or Exposure
An efficient industrial control system’s second most significant advantage is the capacity to regulate. Moreover, GE industrial controls reduce harm or exposure because of failures or malfunctions.
Protection Of Assets
The third advantage is asset protection. Some transformers are multimillion-dollar investments, safeguarded by avoiding an overvoltage state. However, the primary objective of all industrial controls is to protect assets and maximize asset life.