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what is industrial automation?
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Industrial automation adds intelligence to a process.
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If you’re manufacturing solar cells…, or if your job is to control the quality of
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your city’s drinking water, or even if you are making beer you’re using a process to
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do it.
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Of course, you can make great beer by hand. But, if you want to make a lot of beer or
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produce beer of the same quality time after time, you’ll probably need to automate the
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process.
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Suppose you have a large tank of water you draw from. You could have a person fill up
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the tank when it gets too low. But a person might get distracted and forget to turn the
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water off.
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Or you could automate the process by Installing a tank level sensor and a pump, plus a controller
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that monitors the sensor and turns the pump on or off.
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The controller responds in milliseconds and works 24 hours a day.
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Automation is great when you need to do something a human can’t--like lift heavy things or
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work in extreme temperatures, or monitor a huge bank of sensors without rest.
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At Opto 22 we make automation hardware and software to help industries around the globe
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produce and deliver many of the products we use today from t-shirts to smart phones.
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Opto 22 we make automation simple!
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