Your industrial motion control probably involves lots of devices, sensors, motors, controls, drives, robots, packaging machines, and so forth. When you integrate all these things together, you can physically hook them up or use a proprietary system of some kind. But you can also use an open architecture system, which is what Indramat is known for.
What’s great about open architecture?
You can use Indramat servos everywhere in your plant, mixing new and legacy devices, because open architecture guarantees easy connectivity with a broad array of devices. We wrote about the case of New Belgium breweries, which kept to both its budget and its sustainability goals by mixing and matching motion control for maximum effectiveness, minimum unneeded replacement, and just the right value.
The modularity and easy connectivity of open architecture systems allow upgrading of specific items or systems rather than requiring an all or nothing approach. This is one of the things that is bringing the Department of Defense around to a new appreciation of open architecture.
Economists also point to the fact that open architecture encourages collaboration, healthy competition, and innovation.
Where proprietary systems lead to protection of products and systems, secrecy, and inevitable duplication of efforts, open architecture leads to faster technological process.
Industrial Equipment News points to CAN, a Bosch project that made it possible to eliminate large, complicated wiring harnesses in luxury automobiles. The open architecture nature of the project made it inexpensive (cheap chips from multiple vendors) and influential.
If you use Indramat motion control, you have the advantages of open architecture. Let us help you keep it functioning. Call us for any support needs — in fact, put our number into your mobile device right now in case you need help in the future.