Automation and automation control are terms used to describe as the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching in telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention.
There are many thousands of different systems installed globally and the number increases day by day. Early forms of these systems where usually based on embedded devices either running code directly on the processor or on a very limited OS. Today, as computers become smaller, more efficient and cheaper, these early embedded automation systems are being replaced by systems running a full, standard OS.
Using a system based on a standard OS adds flexibility for both the system supplier and the user. For example:
New features can be added using standard software development methods
There is no longer a need to hire specialised "embedded" programmers
User interfaces can be made more intuitive and friendly
More applications can be added to the same device
To achieve these results - to maximize production time, to increase safety and security, to increase full system overview awareness - the FourC Groovy M2M Cloud System can be used. This eases the deployment of new automation systems dramatically because all basic features for surveillance, monitoring, software management, fault detection and remote control are already in place.
The FourC Groovy M2M Cloud System is the perfect infrastructure solution for the manufacturing business.