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Industrial Automation Control Products & Systems


Overview

Automation control products are mechanical, electromechanical, and solid-state devices that monitor, control, or actuate power utilization apparatus, including motor regulation.

Automation and control products and solutions cover the breadth of the manufacturing, transportation, and building sectors—from logic devices to complex process systems, including:

  • Communications devices, networks, and software for industrial automation control products and systems
  • Machine logic control, systems, hardware, and associated software used in monitoring, and control of industrial processes, including programmable logic controllers, process controllers, and distributed control systems
  • Motor controls and accessories that start, stop, protect, accelerate, decelerate, reverse, and control the speed of motors, including AC and DC brakes and clutches, adjustable speed and variable frequency drives, and motor controllers
  • Man/machine interface devices that require human intervention to control and communicate the status of machines or manufacturing processes
  • Systems integration services to plan, develop, implement, and manage integrated manufacturing and process control systems
  • System elements that include analog-digital convertors and transducers, autotransformers and reactors, digital display devices, electromechanical and solid-state contactors, indicating lights, medium voltage controllers, motion control, overload devices, photoelectric relays, register and synchronizing controls, rheostats and resistors, solenoids, starters, terminal blocks, and timers

NEMA Industrial Systems Standards are used throughout North American and the world to specify industrial automation and control products and to aid in the selection and application of these products. NEMA expands the reach of automation in manufacturing, which saves labor, electricity, and material costs, and improves quality, accuracy, and precision.

Activities

  • Develops technical Standards and guidelines for devices rated less than 750 volts DC or 15,000 volts AC
  • Operates at the international level to adopt NEMA-supported Standards and processes to reduce the need for repeated testing and certification
  • Works with U.S., Canadian, and Mexican bodies on regional standards through CANENA (Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations in the Americas)
  • Provides industry input used in the development of U.S. positions on IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standards
  • Administratively supports selected U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) to the IEC, and U.S. TAGs for ISO automation activities.

Applications

  • Automotive
  • Facility management
  • Fire pumps
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Transportation
  • Urban water systems

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