Factory automation & control

Design smart and efficient factory automation applications to save energy and extend system life with our analog and embedded processing products and expertise

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Building smarter, safer robotics
From industrial communications to robotics to meeting functional safety standards such as IEC 61508, our strong portfolio of embedded and analog products, system expertise and technical resources support you in engineering smart factory applications.

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Design advanced human machine interface (HMI) applications with our Arm®-based microprocessor solutions and analog integrated circuits

Develop the most sophisticated robots of tomorrow with our analog and embedded products and expertise

Design smarter and safer automated guided vehicles and autonomous mobile robots with our sensing, high-speed perception and real-time control products

Design high-performance programmable logic controller (PLC) systems with our analog and embedded processing products

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Why choose TI for factory automation & control?

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Increase power efficiency 

Our innovative process and package technology enables you to design the smallest, most efficient and best-in-class power system solutions.

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Designed to scale

We offer a wide variety of devices enabling multiple protocols, from field to management level, for industrial communications.

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Accelerate time to market

Our large selection of reference designs and development tools enables you to develop the solution of tomorrow.

Engineering smarter, more automated factory systems

Building smarter, safer robotics

Our engineers are here to support and address all robotic application types and sub-system challenges that robotics developers face, from industrial and mobile robots to cobots and more. Our innovative technologies such as precise motor control, processing at the edge, smart sensing, and advanced real-time communications are helping you innovate your robot design.

Blog
3 trends impacting the future of embedded processing technology
What does the future of embedded processing look like? Read our blog to find out more.
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3 ways semiconductors enhance automation and efficiency
Looking at the spectrum of applications our company enables – from robotics to factory automation, grid, home automation and many other industrial systems - three consistent trends stand out. Read more.
E-book
E-book: An engineer’s guide to industrial robot designs
Your complete compendium of technical documentation on robotic system designs, focusing on collaborative robots (cobots) and factory robots.
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Build precise, safe, and power-efficient motor control systems

Choose the best power and size configuration for your robot design with our complete offering of motor control solutions:

  • Enable precise, time-sensitive real-time communications between host and client by using MCU-integrated real-time industrial protocols such as ProfiNet and EtherCAT.
  • Improve robot motor control system’s response time with our scalable, ultra-low latency, real-time microcontrollers designed for efficiency.
  • Design your drive stage to deliver a broad range of power levels with the best efficiency and power density using our gate drivers portfolio.
  • Increase robustness, efficiency, and control accuracy with our voltage, current, and position sensor solutions.
White paper
Simplifying Robotics Motor Drive Safety Assessments
Safety assessments can be a long process, delaying the time-to-market and increasing the overall design cost of the product. This document explains how to simplify the assessment process.
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Functional safety information
Design Smaller Safe Torque Off (STO) Systems Using 3-Phase Smart Gate Drivers
Learn more about what Safe Torque Off (STO) is, system requirements and how to overcome design challenges.
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Technical article
How motor drive innovations are helping solve robotic movement design challenges
Read about how motors are driving the next generation of robotics and learn about solutions to address four design challenges.
Featured products for motor control
DRV8353F ACTIVE 102-V max 3-phase Functional Safety Quality-Managed smart gate driver with 3x CSA
AMC1306M05 ACTIVE ±50-mV input, precision current sensing reinforced isolated modulator
TMS320F28388D ACTIVE C2000™ 32-bit MCU w/ connectivity manager, 2x C28x+CLA CPU, 1.5-MB flash, FPU64, CLB, ENET, EtherCAT

Longer, faster, smaller

Increased automation is taking Ethernet to the edge. Industrial SPE enables connected edge nodes and distributed processing. Use single-pair Ethernet in your industrial design to move data over TCP/IP anywhere you need it.

  • Faster & farther: Enable better system implementation with cable lengths up to 2km, and faster data delivery protocols using our PHYs and processors. 
  • Minimize implementation cost: Reduce time and cost of upgrade by re-using more existing cabling infrastructure with our low noise receiver architecture.
  • Maximize system uptime: Enable remote and predictive maintenance using our proprietary runtime cable diagnostics toolkit. Stay ahead of cable degradation and decrease your system’s downtime.
Application note
How to Implement an IEEE 802.3cg or 802.3bu-Compliant PoDL PSE
Read our application brief about how to implement an IEEE 802.3cg or 802.3bu-compliant Power over Datalines PSE.
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New Product Update: Ethernet
Learn about where Ethernet fieldbuses exist in industrial applications today, what single-pair Ethernet is and how it compares with standard Ethernet that exists today. 
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Application note
IEEE 802.3cg 10BASE-T1L Power over Data Lines Powered Device Design (Rev. A)
A 10BASE-T1L PoDL system is composed of a Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE), a link segment and a Powered Device (PD). Read our overview of such a system that describes how to design a 10BASE-T1L class-12 compliant PoDL PD.
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Featured products for Single-pair-Ethernet (SPE)
DP83TD510E ACTIVE IEEE 802.3cg 10BASE-T1L Ethernet PHY
DP83TC813S-Q1 ACTIVE Automotive Low-Power, Small Footprint 100BASE-T1 Ethernet PHY (SGMII)
NEW AM6442 ACTIVE Dual-core 64-bit Arm® Cortex®-A53, quad-core Cortex-R5F, PCIe, USB 3.0 and security

Enabling smarter factories

IO-Link is a digital communication protocol used in industrial automation for communication data between sensors, actuators, and controllers. It enables reliable and efficient communication in various industrial applications including assembly lines, robotics and packaging. IO-Link communication in industrial automation provides numerous of advantages.

These include:

  • Real-time data and power transmission with transfer speed of up to 230.4 kpbs.
  • Simplified installation and configuration, reducing cost.
  • Enhanced diagnostic  such as device status, configuration and errors.
  • Wide range of devices, from sensors, actuators, remote IO and controllers.
Application note
Optimizing Field Sensor and Transmitter Applications With MSPM0 MCUs
Read about how to optimize field sensor and transmitter applications with our Arm® Cortex®-M0+ based MSPM0 microcontrollers.
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Technical article
Implementing an IO-Link master with deterministic timing
In this article, we address how to implement high-performance IO-Link masters in industrial systems in order to achieve precise cycle times and deterministic latency.
Featured products for IO-Link
TIOL112 ACTIVE IO-Link device transceiver with low residual voltage and integrated surge protection
NEW MSPM0G1106 PREVIEW 80MHz Arm M0+ MCU, 64KB Flash, 32KB SRAM, 2×12bit 4Msps ADC, op-amp
NEW AM2434 ACTIVE Quad-core Arm® Cortex®-R5F-based MCU with industrial communications and security up to 800 MHz

Unlock seamless connectivity and scalability

Many modern systems now come with communication interfaces to enhance the overall connectivity of a system design but can also result in new challenges for design engineers. We support a wide range of industrial communication standards – from serial interfaces (IO-Link, CAN, RS-485) to industrial Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit and multi-protocol industrial Ethernet like EtherCAT, PROFINET, Ethernet/IP, and others) and new technologies such as time-sensitive networks (TSN) and single-pair Ethernet (SPE). This support enables design engineers to have advanced connectivity and scalability to meet the needs of current industry trends.

Technical article
Factory automation design made simple with multiprotocol industrial Ethernet systems
Multiprotocol industrial Ethernet systems reduce manufacturing costs in the development cycle, reducing bill-of-materials costs by requiring fabrication of only a single printed circuit board, thereby accelerating time to market.
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EtherCAT® protocol: C2000™ real-time controller
Learn how to design with the EtherCAT communication peripheral on C2000 real-time controllers.
Featured products for industrial communication
NEW AM2434 ACTIVE Quad-core Arm® Cortex®-R5F-based MCU with industrial communications and security up to 800 MHz
DP83826E ACTIVE Low latency 10/100-Mbps PHY with MII interface and enhanced mode
TIOL112 ACTIVE IO-Link device transceiver with low residual voltage and integrated surge protection

Streamline functional safety system certification

Factory floors require equipment with monitoring and diagnostic capabilities to reduce the probability of dangerous faults that can result in harm of humans, environment or assets. 

We are helping achieve functional safety certification by building customer trust with expertly engineered products to meet industry standards such as IEC 61508, ISO 13849, IEC 61800 and IEC 60730.

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Functional safety information
Streamlining Functional Safety Certification in Automotive and Industrial
Functional safety design takes rigor, documentation and time to get it right. Whether you’re designing for the factory floor or the highway, this white paper explains how to streamline your functional safety design.
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Analog Design Journal
Enabling precision delta‐sigma ADCs in functional safety applications
This article discusses analog-to-digital converter (ADC) failure modes and introduces options to address them in functionally-safe systems.
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White paper
Understanding Functional Safety FIT Base Failure Rate Estimates per IEC 623801
Systematic and random hardware failures need to be addressed to achieve functional safety compliance. Learn about two techniques for estimating the base failure rate (BFR) required to calculate quantitative random hardware.
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Featured products for functional safety
NEW AM6442 ACTIVE Dual-core 64-bit Arm® Cortex®-A53, quad-core Cortex-R5F, PCIe, USB 3.0 and security
TPS37 ACTIVE 65-V window supervisor with ultra-low quiescent current and time-delay function
TPS2662 ACTIVE 4.5-V to 60-V, 478mΩ, 0.025-0.88A eFuse with integrated input and output reverse polarity protection

Design & development resources

Reference design
High density isolated PoE and GigE reference design for machine vision cameras and vision sensors
Power over Ethernet (PoE) offers an easy and reliable solution to combine power and data in one cable with high data rate and long reach. This combination makes PoE ideal for small devices such as machine vision cameras and vision sensors. This reference design implements a complete PoE powered (...)
Reference design
TUV-assessed digital input reference design for IEC 61508 (SIL-2)
This 8-channel, group-isolated, digital input module reference design, focuses on applications with the need for industrial functional safety. This design has diagnostics implemented to help detect both permanent and transient random hardware faults. The concept of this input module has been (...)
Reference design
Four-port single-pair Ethernet with power over data line reference design

This reference design showcases an Ethernet gateway that functions as a bridge between four 10BASE-T1L single-pair Ethernet (SPE) ports with power over data line (PoDL) and a 1000BASE-T Ethernet port. The four SPE ports function as power source equipment (PSE), providing 24 V to field devices. The (...)

Reference designs related to Factory automation & control

Use our reference design selection tool to find designs that best match your application and parameters.

Featured products

Precision ADCs ADS127L11 ACTIVE 24-bit, 400-kSPS, delta-sigma ADC with easy-to-drive inputs and wideband or low-latency filters
High-side switches TPS272C45 ACTIVE 36-V, 45-mΩ, 3-A, 2-ch, Industrial high-side switch with adjustable current limit
28 Jun 2022 | COMPANY BLOG

Semiconductor technology is helping maximize productivity across a range of industrial systems, from robotics to factory automation, grid, home automation and more.

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Technical resources

Application note
Application note
Powering the AM62x with the TPS65219 PMIC (Rev. B)
This application note can be used as a guide for integrating the TPS65219 Power Management IC (PMIC) into non-automotive systems powering the Industrial AM62x Sitara Processor.
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Faster Switching of Large Inductive Loads in Digital Output Modules
Driving inductive loads, for example, solenoids, relays or valves, is a common task for digital output modules in the field of Factory Automation. Read about how you can optimize your design for faster switching.
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Application note
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Supporting High Voltage Common Mode Using Instrumentational Amplifier
Read our application brief on how to support high-voltage common mode using instrumental amplifiers for programmable logic controllers (PLC) analog input modules. 
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