Selection of a Control System for New Machine Design

Mechanical design without a properly configured control system will result in an under-performing system that may fail to achieve customer objectives, such as cycle time, production rates, and quality. The selection of a control system and architecture is determined by understanding the performance objectives of the machine and the individual requirements of each mechanism. Additional mitigating circumstances including timing, past experience, and ease of use also play major role in the ultimate selection of a control system. This presentation will focus on understanding performance objectives, mechanical requirements, and the decision tree necessary to select the optimum control system.