Factory automation has evolved significantly in the last few decades, and is today a complex, interdisciplinary, scientific area. In this book a selection of papers on topics related to factory automation is presented, covering a broad spectrum, so that the reader may become familiar with the various fields, and also study them in more depth where required. Within various chapters in this book, special attention is given to distributed applications and their use of networks, since it is one of the most relevant subjects in the evolution of factory automation....
Despite the great technological advancement experienced in recent years,
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) are still used in many applications from the real
world and still play a central role in infrastructure of industrial automation. PLC operate in
the factory-floor level and are responsible typically for implementing logical control,
regulatory control strategies, such as PID and fuzzy-based algorithms, and safety logics.
Usually PLC are interconnected with the supervision level through communication
network, such as Ethernet networks, in order to work in an integrated form....
Already big in Asia and Europe, retort flexible packaging is poised to penetrate deep into lucrative North American markets still dominated by metal cans and glass bottles. by Andrew Mykytiuk, Editor-in-Chief
Strength of the pouch has always been an issue. Most people associate metal cans with strength and can’t believe plastic can be as strong as steel—even people in the packaging industry. “I had one client take a #10 pouch and It tastes better throw it across the factory floor to see if Food packaged in a conventional can the seal would hold,” says Hoss.
Although based on a limited set of examples, the Boeing case studies suggest that, while Lean thinking is
redefining the manufacturing landscape and the way production activities take place on the factory floor,
the regulatory system -- which grew up and evolved regulating a batch and queue, mass production
environment -- continues to be structured and operate with batch and queue processes in mind and operate
itself as a batch and queue enterprise.
When they hear the word ‘robot’, many people immediately think of the R2-D2 or the
robots of the film I, Robot. These are robots similar to humans in some ways, but not in
all. There are many kinds of robot, one major group being the mobile robots, sometimes
called mobile platforms. Examples of mobile robots include the human-like robots
mentioned above and a wide range that mimic animals. Some walk about on six legs, like
insects, and others jump around like frogs.
- go on strike More than half of the workers at the factory decided to walk out on strike this morning.
walk out of (something)
- leave suddenly Three people walked out of the meeting yesterday.
walk the floor
- walk back and forth across the floor He spent the night walking the hospital floor while waiting for his wife to have a baby.
walk the plank
- be forced to resign from a job The vice-president was forced to walk the plank when the new president joined the company.
walk the plank
- be forced by pirates to walk a long plank from the ship out...