A Control System is about providing a System with certain Controls to enable it run and perform functions.
A control system: manages; commands; directs or regulates the behavior of other devices or systems It can range from a home heating controller using a thermostat controlling a domestic boiler to large Industrial control systems which are used for controlling processes or machines.
They follow the simple Input>Process>Output routine like most computers.
A simple example of a control system could be switching the lights on:
- Switch > input
- Wires/Connection > Process
- Light Bulb > Output
or a Pelicon Crossing:
- Crossing Button > Input
- Change of Lights > Process
- Lights, Buzzer, Green Man > Output