The word automation has increasingly become associated with the terrifying images portrayed by Hollywood of robots bringing about the end of humanity and has given the category a bad rep. The truth is automation and control processes are much less threatening than their Hollywood counterparts and are implemented in a vast number of business activities; these have yet to result in an army of automatons. So what does automation really mean then? Ultimately, automation means efficiency.
Proper control strategies can improve system efficiency in terms of quality, accuracy, and precision as key parameters are determined by engineering experts and tailored to the particular needs of the operation. While typical manufacturing processes come to mind as the biggest uses of this technology, the practical use of automation expands beyond the assembly line. Automation and control have become increasingly popular in other areas that have a hefty amount of energy consumption, such as large chilled water systems. Innovative system management of these processes has a tremendous impact upon the energy efficiencies of buildings since central plants account for 30% of a building’s energy costs.
tekWorx uses adaptive control techniques, reducing the electrical energy required to produce chilled water in high performance buildings. A PLC based system powers the technology to ensure the system is constantly meeting demand in the most energy efficient way. While the automation is seen as having a mind of its own as programs like tekWorx CEO® are continuously monitoring demand and making adjustments in real time, the self-sufficient system can still be watched remotely by human handlers.
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