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Dedicating Flow Computers and PLC’s for Greater Flexibility and Decreased Cost

At Plow we pride ourselves on being able to configure the perfect system for our client’s needs. Our in-house team of skilled technicians and programmers makes us very adaptable and capable of creating unique solutions while keeping costs to an absolute minimum with no unnecessary equipment and the highest reliability, all while keeping their expansion plans in mind.

One question we are asked regularly in planning sites is why we usually recommend a programmed PLC on a site when we are also supplying a flow computer . These are often very powerful pieces of hardware and it is common for many operators to try and minimize costs by trying to get it to automate their wells. Our technicians have found separating the function of the PLC and flow computer often results with a much cleaner solution. It comes down to the purpose each piece was designed for. Using a simple flow computer, keeps its cost much lower. Dedicating a PLC to the task of control and data collection also means purchasing a device that has expansion designed in to its core features. Often adding PLC features to a flow computer gets pricey quickly. Expanding a PLC such as the popular Micro850 is actually extremely cost effective, but also includes comparatively more memory, greater I/O flexibility, expanded voltage range, higher data reliability as well as speed and more communications options.

We would love to help you find the automation solution that fits you’re your needs exactly. Feel free to contact us about your automation needs today.



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