By Ray DiVirgilio, Field Solutions Manager, Lumberg Automation
manufacturing automation strategies embraced Design for
Manufacturability (DFM), new automation technology advances and
investments in industrial control systems for equipment, machinery and
infrastructure led to distributed I/O, and, now, to enclosure-less I/0.
While quick disconnect connectors and enclosure-less I/O systems have
been available for years, new industrial designs often still use
enclosure-based strategies for I/O. These older, centralized enclosure
come at a high price: the vast amount of cabling required to connect
remote equipment to the terminations in the enclosure.
explores the impacts connectivity and cabling have had on streamlining
equipment and machinery, and the tradeoffs between enclosure-based
systems and enclosure-less based I/O systems. It offers guidelines and
application examples for use in determining when it makes sense to
employ the streamlining capabilities of enclosure-less I/O.