There are several things to consider when deciding to either machine mount controls or take a more traditional cabinet controls approach. At Product Handling Concepts we treat look at each production situation independently. For instance, our VantageCaser Case Packer uses on machine controls, while many of our food grade conveyor systes and laners use control cabinets due to wash down requirements.
Hank Hogan, writing for Control Design, points out some of the most important things to consider when determining where to put controls.
- Wiring and Cabinet Space
- The Manufacturing Environment
Machine mount — the placing of everything from I/O to PCs directly on factory floor equipment instead of in a cabinet — is increasingly being used. The benefits are less cabinet space and wiring, as well as reduced commissioning time and expense. Other advantages are easier maintenance, greater modularity and more flexibility.