Employing Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and Building Automation Controls (BACs)
At MSI, we offer automation control services to help ensure smooth operations for a variety of customers. We have the ability to install and service many types of both PLCs and Building Automation systems where efficiency and reliability are paramount.
What are PLCs in Automation Controls?
PLC stands for Programmable Logic Controller, and it’s a digital computer used for automation. These industrial computers are built to stand up to tough conditions and work in harsh atmospheres. Generally, PLCs are used in conjunction with electromechanical processes such as factory assembly lines and other machinery, and even amusement park rides or light fixture automation controls. PLCs are used across many industries, and can greatly improve processes and efficiency, therefore contributing to a more sustainable way of doing business.
How do PLCs Work?
PLC controllers control inputs and outputs within machines to ensure everything is operating as it should. Designed to work in an industrial environment, PLCs can dramatically reduce the amount of labor needed for factory processes to work efficiently. These computers work by soft-wiring components together, monitoring a series of inputs then manipulating the output to achieve the desired controls or effect.
What Advantages Come with PLC Use?
PLCs contain programmable memory that can effectively store a sequence of instructions. Said instructions allow the PLC to perform a series of useful control functions like counting, sequence, timing, and computation. In fact, a single PLC can be programmed to replace thousands of timers and relays with one single program. One key advantage to using a PLC is the flexibility in programming it allows, while maintaining exceptional reliability. That means no mechanical failures or system crashes, which can occur with traditional control systems.
PLCs Come in Many Shapes and Sizes
Depending on the intended use, Programmable Logic Controllers come in an array of sizes and shapes. Some more involved control systems require larger, more intricate controllers, while some can be automated with a PLC small enough to easily fit in a shirt pocket!
What are Building Automation Controls (BACs)?
Through the use of Building Automation Controls, nearly every aspect of a building’s inner workings from security to elevators to HVAC and lighting can be fully automated and controlled. This type of programming has the ability to reduce energy costs (great for both the bottomline AND the environment), improve security, and provide greater control over components of the building’s overall functionality.
What are the Primary Applications of BAC?
BAC is mainly used in commercial HVAC control applications and energy management systems. This method of energy management and conservation helps save building owners money by efficiently controlling air conditioning, heating, lighting, and more– creating what’s referred to as ‘intelligent buildings.’
What is an Intelligent Building?
An intelligent building is one that provides a productive and cost-effective environment achieved through the optimization of four working elements including structure, systems, services and management, and the interrelationship between each. Through the use of technology, intelligent buildings are reducing energy consumption and costs with a more sustainable approach to everyday operations.
Our team at MSI is versed in implementing and servicing both PLC and BAC systems in the Chattanooga area and beyond. We believe in sustainability, and we exist to help your business reach a higher level of functionality, productivity, and cost efficiency. Get in touch today with questions about our automation control services.