Industry 4.0 Changes Selection Criteria For Machine Control Architecture: Why IPC Now Prevails over PLC and PAC for Machine Control

For over 20 years, machine builders have struggled to choose the right machine control architecture that would deliver the desired performance and quality, while protecting their investment and long-term interests. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial PCs (IPCs), and programmable automation controllers (PACs) all offer merit and promise, so decisions are usually made based on the specific requirements that address the complexities and scalability of the target machine.

This white paper will describe the differences between PLC, PAC and IPC based machine controls, while exploring how Industry 4.0 changes the requirements for a valuable machine control architecture and explains why the IPC now offers, by far, the best machine control architecture compared to PLC or PAC.