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Decentralization and modularization as the future in mechanical and plant engineering

Modularization brings many advantages for machine and plant engineering. For example, modular control cabinets can minimize the variety of parts, costs, installation and machine downtimes, and increase efficiency. But not only in the control cabinet but also at the field level, decentralized modules can awaken considerable potential. LQ Group has specialized in offering customer-specific solutions for both approaches.

If a machine fails during operation, it is necessary to react quickly in order to avoid delays in production and high costs. However, the search for the fault often turns out to be a long process because each component has to be examined individually. The formation of function modules has many advantages: The customer benefits from significantly lower machine downtimes and can save huge costs that would have been incurred in the event of a prolonged downtime. Unlike conventional control cabinets, each module in the modular control cabinet contains a defined input, output and software interface. Thanks to separable connections, the modules can be replaced quickly and easily - a service that pays off.

Using the plug & play principle, the prefabricated and fully function-tested modules can be installed directly on site. Simply hook them up, connect them - and you're done. With the concept of the modular control cabinet, LQ has shown that downtime can be reduced to a minimum and that costs, variety of parts and procurement effort can be minimized many times over. Function modules from LQ can be installed not only centrally in the control cabinet, but also decentrally at the consumer. Each module acts autonomously and supplies data to neighboring modules or the central control system. Efficiently automated machines and systems minimize costs and ensure product quality. Modularization can be described very clearly as the future of mechanical and plant engineering.

However, there is no universal answer to the question of centralized or decentralized. Often, the combination of elements from both approaches is the most efficient solution. Here, it always depends on the requirements and the tasks to be performed. With the function modules from LQ, customers benefit from a wide range of products for both the control cabinet and the field level. This covers a wide range of application areas and can even make a central solution superfluous in many cases. In each case, LQ offers customized and customer-specific solutions and can help to increase the functionality in the field level of the customers and reduce the wiring effort at the same time.