With the number of control systems available, why try PC based controls? While there are many legitimate reasons to not use a PC as a control system, there are still compelling reasons to consider it. If using PC’s for industrial controls were such a bad idea, why would so many industrial control products leverage PC’s in the design? For example, many CNC control systems include a PC as the operator interface. Most industrial operator interfaces are based around flat panel type PC’s. Many of them run some version of Windows. So, if it were such a bad idea, there probably wouldn’t be so many industrial control products using PC’s.
So, why use PC’s? Some reasons?
- High quality development tools
- Processing Power
- Potential for reusable code
- Off-the-shelf software
- Potential for high quality, reliable code
- Data management
- User base
- User interface