PLC - programmable logic controllers
Advantages and disadvantages of the PLC compared to connection-oriented controllers.
The benefits of a PLC clearly outweigh those of connection-oriented controls:
- They are more adjustable
- Maintenance is seldom needed
- Project planning is time-saving
- Furthermore, a significantly smaller space is necessary with PLC
- Documentation of your program runs automatically
- A visualization is possible
- Communication is possible via the fieldbus systems
- Remote maintenance has become possible
Of course, there are also some disadvantages to this kind of control:
- Specific technical knowledge is required for operation
- High costs of software and hardware
A simple principle with a huge effect
PLC programming relies on the IPO principle: Input, processing and output. When inputting, it doesn't matter whether digital or analog pulses are used. Due to this, the control program takes a cyclical pattern. Using operating software, the control program is transmitted and processed to a corresponding computer. Processing in the storage area is relatively complicated and takes place in the CPU, the brain of a computer. With this simple principle, thanks to PLC programming and control of a simple, singular machine, all tasks, from complex systems to large processes, can be easily performed and controlled.
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