Programmable logic controllers (PLC) allow for the handling of programming languages for motion control in automation systems.

These PLC-based control  systems continuously monitor input devices and automatically make decisions based on custom programming and logic, allowing them to determine the state of output devices. 

Benefits of Using a PLC-Based Control System

There are many benefits of using a PLC-based control system for your application and here are just a few. 

Durability

These types of systems are specially designed to operate effectively in harsh industrial environments that have high or low temperatures, high humidity, heavy vibrations, electrical noises, and other environmental factors.

Long Lifespans

On top of their durability, PLC-based systems can last decades.

Easy Maintenance

PLC controllers are reliable. The little maintenance that is required with them is made easy due to modular replacement of components, simple troubleshooting, and built-in error diagnostics.

Easier Programming

PLCs mostly operate on ladder logic, which many engineers know and understand. While this makes them less flexible with programming than PC-based systems, they don’t require you to be knowledgeable of many less common programming languages.

Best Applications for PLC-Based Control Systems

PLC-based control systems are generally best used in these types of applications:

  • Applications designed to perform a single set of tasks
  • Harsh industrial environments
  • Applications that require controlling a large number of sensors and actuators
  • Petrochemical and biomedical manufacturing
  • Energy sectors
  • Conveyor belt systems
  • Packaging and labeling
  • Bottling or liquid filling systems
  • Time and count-based control systems
  • Fault detection
  • Smart grid systems

Their uses have a large range. If you are uncertain whether you should be using a PC-based control system for your application, get in touch with the automation experts at Motion Ai today.