The Future of Customizable I/O

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 17, 2017 11:17:16 AM

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Remote I/O systems are becoming the future of sensor data and system controls. Input and output data and commands make a system function and enable sensors and controls to increase the efficiency of a system.  Remote I/O allows for even more functionality of the system by being able to control input and output from different distances depending on the needs of the facility.  These remote I/O's connect signals from remote locations and bring them to a central controller system to be utilized without having to be at the location of the signal.

There are four main factors to consider when choosing your future with remote I/O integration into systems.

  1. Remote Space:  By distributing I/O points throughout a system, a better stream and understanding of data can be formulated.  Projects with multiple machines working together in a small space need a more high density of remote I/O points to better improve the efficiency of the work.  Networks of I/O systems allow for more problem location to be done quicker, when there are more I/O's connected an issue or maintenance problem can be identified more quickly with the use of the surrounding I/O's.
  2. Remote Custom Size:  As remote I/O technology advances, customizable circuit boards can be designed to connect with I/O systems on a customer based need.  Larger and medium sized machine builders need certain transmitters, relays, and work with what the company already has built into the system.  More customized I/O systems will allow for less errors in assembly, wiring, and the systems will be more easily updated.
  3. Remote Decisions:  Deciding if remote I/O is best for your design and system is important and there are many different applications of remote I/O so finding the right system will best increase the efficiency of a system.  For smaller systems and production scales, the cost of implementing remote I/O systems may not be cost efficient.  However, depending on the goal of the system, remote I/O may offer the easiest and more cost effective way to connect the technology.
  4. Local Control from a Remote area: For projects that cover a large area of land or have a control station removed from the direct project site, it can be difficult to track good data and keep in contact with all the I/O systems.  Distances don't have to affect the success of a project anymore because remote I/O control centers can increase the efficiency of the system.

These factors should all be considered when realizing the future possibilities with customizable remote I/O.  With input and output information driving facilities and projects, it is vital to be as efficient as possible with data.

To find out how your company can improve your systems with remote I/O, talk to an ACD expert today.

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