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The Importance of Industrial Automation

Why Industrial Automation Is Needed

The idea of automation has a history of making workers anxious. This is because when some people hear “automation” they think “layoffs”, but the truth is that industrial automation can make their jobs easier and increases productivity. The addition of automation to an existing manufacturing workforce increases 2% on average per year.

Industrial Automation Tools

Industrial Automation uses control systems such as computers, robots, and information technology. An example of this is our Horner OCS controllers which are used to control different types of processes and machinery. These control systems are used to perform tasks that humans cannot on their own. Many Horner controllers can read more than 1000 points of data per second-something humans cant accomplish without automation.

Industrial work is strenuous. It requires precise attention to detail and the ability to effectively multitask. These are not easy tasks; with short-term memory, people can only recall 5-9 pieces of unique data at a time. Stress and exhaustion make these more difficult for people to maintain over time. This can lead to decreased productivity, lower quality, and ‐most importantly ‐a lack of safety. Automation breaks past the barriers of efficiency and there are many benefits of choosing Horner controllers in the industrial industry.

Horner All-in-one Controllers

Facilities use Horner automation products to perform multiple tasks at once, help a facility run 24/7, and log endless amounts of data for review. Without modern automation practices, there are increased incidences of human error, safety issues, and wasted energy. Examples of predictive and preventative maintenance systems that rely on automation are in every factory and process application throughout the world.

Our controllers are all-in-one, meaning they provide control (IEC-61131), Graphical HMI (2-1/2″ – 22″ screens), built-in and remote I/O support, and various other communication platforms (including Ethernet, CAN, and Serial). This innovative architecture results in a control solution with lower maintenance costs, easier implemented upgrades and less room for development and commissioning issues. Our OCS controllers have many additional features within each individual product, including Data Logging, networking, remote monitoring and control, and more. Our Cscape programming package helps manage all of this from a common environment, without the need to keep track of multiple separate devices for each of these tasks.

Automation takes the risks and difficulties out of industrial work, helping people work more efficiently. With Horner controllers, it’s all made simple.

Horner Products

  • 800×480 LCD TFT color graphics display with a high resolution resistive touchscreen
  • 5 function keys and a system key
  • USB 2.0 On-the-Go port (mini-B 5pin) is available for programming
  • USB 2.0 Host port (A) is available for exchanging files with USB FLASH drives
  • (2) RS-232/485 ports support RTU/Modbus Master/Slave, ASCII In/Out, and PLC/Drive downloadable protocols
  • (2) integrated CAN ports that support CsCAN and either CANopen, J1939 or DeviceNet Scanner simultaneously
  • (2) built-in 10/100 Ethernet ports
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