If you’ve decided you want to incorporate an integrated control system into your facility, you might be wondering what factors to consider in one. Integrated control systems provide a wide range of benefits for many manufacturers, and it’s important to choose the right one for your operations if you are to truly maximize its value.
Here are some important factors to consider for this type of system.
Quick Response Time
Your operations include a wide range of different equipment and processes. Because of this, a quick response time is important in maximizing the efficiency of your facility. It’s a feature increasingly important for many manufacturers. A quick response time means your integrated system is better able to respond to different changes while maintaining its ability to control various areas of your operations.
Includes an Alarm System
How are you keeping track of your operations? An effective integrated control system should have an alarm system to assist in overseeing your facility at all times. It’ll help you see when your facility is operating normally or not. If your facility doesn’t operate as it should, like when there’s a technical glitch in your system, the alarms will notify you immediately. It’s a helpful feature to look out for, especially when it comes to addressing issues in your system earlier on before they get out of control.
Your integrated system should be as flexible as possible. The more flexible it is, the better. A flexible integrated system means that even as your business grows and expands in the future, your system will be just as effective and valuable as it was in the beginning. The right integrated system should not only fit the needs of your current operations, but it should have the additional room to expand with your business down the road.
Has a Built-In Human Machine Interface
Human-machine interfaces, or HMIs, allow your operators to monitor your facility’s control process. No matter what industry you work in as a manufacturer, you may face situations where your system isn’t operating properly. In this case, having a human-machine interface comes in handy because an operator can quickly step in and manually adjust your controls—which is especially helpful in emergency situations. In general, HMIs should be intuitive and easy to understand for any operator to help your team focus on what matters most in your operations.
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