Using EcoStruxure Control expert - Asset Link when you integrate Modicon M580 PLC with AVEVA system is a MUST have.
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Initially published by Sophie Borgne, SVP Industry - Digital Plant at Schneider Electric
To get an idea of what we’re working towards, imagine if setting up a control system was more like your home computer system where devices like printers, scanners, phones, etc., come with their own software and the system automatically detects it and syncs with it.
What would this mean for businesses?
With this level of automatic configuration it would be significantly faster and easier both to launch a new plant, system or production line and also to make changes to it later-on in life. For example:
Faster and simpler commissioning would make it easier for companies to stay competitive and reduce overall risk.
To introduce a new asset or system when process changes are required would be easier, faster and more accurate. It would be possible respond quickly to market demands or changes in customer requirements.
How integrated solutions are helping automate water networks
Aging infrastructure, the need to reduce OPEX and CAPEX, and fluctuating network demands are some of the more common challenges associated with water networks. Digital tools can help manage them by giving operators more visibility into the system. And with EcoStruxure Control Expert – Asset Link we can put critical business insights into their hands more easily than ever.
EcoStruxure can already natively connect an application down to field devices and take full advantage of digital hydraulic modelling to monitor pressure, flow, quality and other variables across the network. This allow operators in control rooms to easily connect to field devices for a dynamic, real-time view of the network, giving them the ability to predict future network behaviour and service disruptions.
Built-in integration of control and supervisory systems not only makes automating water networks much faster and easier in the first place but also helps implement changes faster and more accurately down the road. For example, if demand calls for another pump to be added to the system, changes to the control and supervisory systems can simply be a matter of drag and drop. Moving forward modern control systems and the digitalization they offer will be within easier reach of the water industry.
What consumer packaged goods segment can expect from this built-in integration
In other applications such as food and beverage our integration solutions support a higher level of flexibility and efficiency within the plant. I talked about this more in a recent blog on plant performance, where I looked back on early assembly lines and how this influenced the colour of Ford cars at the time.
Some think the reason behind Ford’s signature black car was his stubbornness, but really it was part of Henry Ford’s broader plan to keep costs down. It was the cheapest, most durable paint available, especially if acquired in bulk. It also meant that product variance could be minimized, and the production line could be standardized on just one color.
The technology available today means we’re no longer bound by these same standardization constraints. Manufacturers in a range of industries can produce different types of products and still minimize costs. Solutions like batch and recipe management systems for food and beverage manufacturers allow them to use the same production line for many different products while making sure that the machinery and all lines are running at optimal levels.
This is especially important in the present business climate where manufacturers are looking for ways to get more out of existing capital assets with minimum investment. Technology is making it easier to meet changing customer and market demands and make the best use of all that industrial capital tied up in process machinery. Today’s solutions also make it easier to do this while still keeping inventory levels low.
And being able to produce a larger variety of products in response to market demand without stockpiling is a huge competitive advantage.
To learn more about the technology that’s paving the way for this new level of integration, download this free Frost & Sullivan white paper.
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I found this article in the Knoweldge Base particularly usefull if M580 needs to be connected to Profibus DP
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Have a look in the Knwoledge Base of few good tips on various methods available for having ConneXium monitoring system in your SCADA system. Do not loose time to search by yourself, check it ou here:
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I am sure you have to perform double length real calculation for Control Expert (Unity Pro) applications. Do you know this library, and how to use it ? Check it out in the Knowledge Center below, and do not hesitate to ask any questions about it. We are here to support you.
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I discovered that Russian Federation launched in January 2020 a scheme to make every single consumer good digitally traceable from medicine to milk. Every merchandise shall have a unique ID code which is scanned and registered. If I understand well, this system will prevent copy & shadow economy issues for the health security of the Russian peoples.
Where can I get a solution to coop with this new regulation ?
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Originally published by Fabrice Jadot, Next Gen Automation SVP at Schneider Electric Industrial Automation helping customers to reap the benefits of I4.0 The future of industrial automation is wide open. What’s holding us back? Imagine a future where industrial organizations thrive by adapting with agility to ever changing market conditions on both the supply and demand sides. Innovative industrial automation technologies create step-change improvements in operations. In this world, new business models are enabled by an open, non-proprietary platform that offers holistic control based on real-time management of business goals. Operations and fundamental processes are integrated into a seamless business, automation, and control system that orchestrates supply chains, business systems, operations, production, logistics, and customer service. The result is simplicity, faster delivery, lower cost and ultimately, faster cycle times for delivering products to consumers. What is stopping us from unleashing the true power of digitization and achieving this new level of innovation, unprecedented efficiency, and greater agility? The constraints are more historical and psychological than they are technical. An explosion of very low-cost intelligent sensors and open computing platforms already simplify connectivity and system control and could enable the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In fact, intelligence can now be distributed among software resources in the cloud, at the edge and embedded within controllers and field devices. Advancements in technologies and the development of open standards are also combining to allow manufacturers to modernize without having to incur high core-system replacement costs or to disrupt ongoing operations. Yet, many manufacturers are unable to accrue such benefits due to an attachment and dependency on proprietary automation system legacies. From legacy proprietary automation systems to a plug & produce open platform Since most leading automation system suppliers today offer proprietary systems to end users, their customers are “locked in” to specific technologies. For many of these end users, migration to a different PLC/DCS supplier is highly challenging from a ROI perspective. However, proprietary approaches limit access to innovation, increase total cost of ownership, and restrict the ability of manufacturing enterprises to adopt IT-world types of advancements. In the long run, plants inhibit their ability to evolve rapidly and to quickly establish marketplace advantages. But it no longer has to be that way. According to Bill Lydon, Editor in Chief of Automation.com, next-generation manufacturing or production operation should be centered around a common open source architecture. This would follow the Internet and enterprise computing model driven by open standards. Industrial automation is really a use case of computing that has not matured enough to embrace these concepts. Look at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) website to get an idea of the scope of standards in the computing industry. Industrial automation systems should only be a multivendor interoperable open platform to implement new manufacturing and production models. “Some manufacturing and production companies are trying to force evolutionary transformation by making incremental changes, keeping existing processes, and preserving existing assets,” says Lydon. “The focus is on leveraging new technology for refinements to generate cost savings and operational improvements. These incremental adjustments do not lead to profound process and business model changes.” According to Lydon, transformative manufacturing and production processes, coupled with business model changes and enabled by technological shifts, will accelerate competitive position and result in significant ROI. Lydon advocates taking whatever steps are necessary to enable a holistic control of automation, based on real-time business management goals with open multivendor architectures. “To achieve true ‘plug ‘n play,’ we need a single industry standard profile to add devices to automation systems regardless of native protocol. This is a reality in the computer industry today where adding devices such as printers, scanners, cameras, and external drives has become a ‘no brainer.’ Why can’t we do the same with automation systems?” Standards are essential In this new environment, Lydon notes that standards are extremely important for multivendor interoperability and seamless interfaces from supply chain through manufacturing and production to customer. The broadest programming standard for industrial automation and control today is IEC 61131-3. Due to the task structure of a full IEC 61131 implementation, event-driven, state and cyclical logic can be accomplished. There have been significant enhancements to IEC 61131 by the PLCopen organization including OPC UA for enterprise communications, remote procedure calls and controller to controller standardized data communication models. Another development is the international standard IEC 61499 that builds on IEC 61131 functions that defines a generic model for distributed control systems IEC 61499 features an event driven model built around functional blocks. The big elephants in the room regardless of programming standard including IEC 61131 and IEC 61499 is the fact that traditional vendors have never fully embraced open implementations with code & function portability. The Eclipse Foundation 4diac open source project fostering the further development of IEC 61499 may be a step in the right direction if embraced by traditional automation vendors. Adoption of the IEC 61499 standard Schneider believes the answer to Mr. Lydon’s question may lie in the adoption of the IEC 61499 standard, which was originally developed in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s. Because of the technology constraints at the time, the standard was not deployed. But now, given the evolution of technology, the IEC 61499 standard solves the problem of ensuring portability, configurability, and interoperability across vendors and, at the same time, software and hardware independence. Also, by accommodating and combining both scan-based and event-based mechanisms, the standard makes it easy for automation systems to adopt best practices coming from the IT world and to easily interface with enterprise systems. Moreover, the capability of reusing legacy systems through an IEC61499-comaptible wrapper is being developed. Organizations such as the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), and the User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries (NAMUR} are end user groups advocating for changes to the existing proprietary automation systems paradigm. With the emergence of the IEC 61499 standard and the interest of key automation vendors such as Schneider Electric to adopt open automation systems platforms, many of the ingredients are in place to help reshape the industrial automation systems horizon.
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Looking at different surveys, challenges to deploy AR in industrial practices is about change management in the factory floor for such innovation, or limitations with AR devices and their field of views. Do you share these concerns ? How do you think these challenges can be overcome ?
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