Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) are the heart of modern industrial automation, enabling seamless operations across diverse sectors in Australia. But, like any heart, they need the right kind of care to keep the pulse of industry beating. Here's where industrial electrical technicians come into play. Their expertise is crucial to diagnose and resolve PLC-related issues that can impact the performance of your automation systems. Here are signs indicating trouble with your PLCs. 

Sign #1: Unexpected Shifts In Production Quality

One of the first signs your PLC might be experiencing issues is noticeable shifts in the quality of production. Unexplained deviations, product defects or inconsistencies can suggest a problem in the PLC logic or sensor inputs. Industrial electrical technicians can help by inspecting the PLC programming, ensuring sensor calibration and resolving any emerging issues, thus safeguarding your product's quality.

Sign #2: Random System Resets And Reboots

A healthy PLC should run your operations smoothly without random system resets or reboots. Frequent resets indicate something might be amiss within the PLC's programming or its integration with the rest of your system. Industrial electrical technicians have the necessary training to navigate the complex programming and circuitry of PLCs, locate the source of instability, and implement effective solutions.

Sign #3: Inconsistent Communication With Other Devices

PLCs aren't solitary—they communicate with a myriad of devices, sensors and actuators in your system. If this communication becomes inconsistent or erratic, your PLC could be the troublemaker. Industrial electrical technicians are adept at troubleshooting communication issues and restoring the essential dialogue between your PLC and the rest of your industrial automation system.

Sign #4: Unusual PLC Error Codes And Alarm Signals

PLCs are intelligent—when something goes wrong, they usually have a way of sounding the alarm via error codes or signals. But decoding these messages requires a specialist's understanding. Enter your industrial electrical technician, equipped with the knowledge to interpret these error codes, identify the problem and perform necessary repairs or adjustments to your PLC.

Sign #5: Frequent Overheating Or Power Supply Issues

A fifth sign that there could be trouble with your PLCs is frequent overheating or issues with the power supply. PLCs, like any electronic device, can get hot when they're working hard. However, if a PLC is consistently running hot or tripping circuit breakers, it could be an indication of an internal fault or an issue with the power supply unit. Industrial electrical technicians, with their thorough understanding of electrical systems, are well-placed to inspect the PLC's power supply, identify any faults, and rectify them to prevent potential damage and ensure uninterrupted operation.

Industrial automation depends heavily on the flawless operation of PLCs. Therefore, recognising the signs of potential trouble with your PLCs can be a significant advantage in maintaining smooth operations. If you see any of these signs, don't hesitate to bring in these experts.

Reach out to an industrial automation service provider to learn more.