Automation

Automation

Automation Support Team (AST): Making Complex Systems Easier To Design And Maintain

IAC’s automation specialists don’t just help you to keep up; they will provide you with a competitive advantage. We use our extensive automation knowledge to provide products, solutions and training to a broad customer base and a wide variety of industries.

IAC has the best Automation Support Team (AST) of any distributor in our region. Our experienced, certified Rockwell Automation Specialists can assist you with anything from product selection, to system design and architecture. We also provide 24/7 technical assistance.

Our Automation Support Team (AST) specialists support:

  • PLC/HMI and Software Networking
  • Industrial Controls, Sensing and Safety
  • Drives and Motion Control
  • Process Control
  • Motor Control Center Configuration
  • Parts Management Agreements (PMAs)
  • Repair and Exchange Services

Automation Services

  • Proof Of Concept – IAC’s in-house product demonstration lab enables customers to simulate their specific applications prior to deployment.
  • Plant Architecture Scenarios – Our specialists can help you design the network infrastructure for the Connected Enterprise, support integration with plant wide IT and provide network security solutions.
  • Motor Control Center Configuration – Our MCC specialist can help you configure and package intelligent MCC solutions, including across the line, soft start and VFD technologies. We can provide best in class power quality and energy monitoring capabilities.
  • Start Up Assistance – IAC experts can assist you with commissioning and start-up of complex turnkey systems.
  • Software Configuration – IAC specialists can help you navigate the details of managing software activations, subscription services and migration to new software platforms.
  • Machine Safety Assistance – IAC specialists can help you facilitate machine safety risk assessments, hazard analysis, guarding applications and more.
  • Migration From Legacy Systems – IAC specialists can assist you with the planning and migrating from legacy automation systems.
  • Training – IAC can provide hands on training at your location or at our state-of-the-art facilities with standard or custom curriculums.

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Technical Tips

E300

A few years ago, a local material handling customer was faced with the prospect that the PLC IO controlling their conveyors was becoming obsolete and replacement parts might not be available. In considering their options, IAC and Rockwell were able to help the customer determine that replacing the obsolete IO with network based control might be the best solution. The centerpiece of this solution is the Rockwell E300 electronic overload relay.

The E300 overload relay is a motor protection overload which can be programmed via Logix controller, a local operator display station or via a direct connection to a laptop. The E300 offers the ability to set multiple trip scenarios beyond simple motor overload (phase loss, low voltage, etc.) and offers a multitude of motor status information to on which to base decisions. Additionally the E300 offers local IO (either 24VDC or 120 VAC), dual Ethernet I/P ports for DLR connection and local control via DeviceLogix (local control strategy built into the E300) and a local operator station.

This customer operates on a periodic basis and usually has expensive, high utility equipment waiting at one or both ends of the conveying systems. On this basis, an unplanned motor shutdown can be costly. The customer is using information from the E300 overload such as the “Time to Trip” function (predictive of how long before an overloaded motor trips) to avoid being shutdown. Additionally this customer uses the added information in a predictive analysis fashion to govern preventive maintenance between conveying runs.

The E300 Overload relay is a product of Rockwell Automation. IAC Supply Solutions, Inc. is the area representative of Rockwell and stocks the E300 components locally.