While modernization and advances in technology can make life easier for operators and company personnel, it can often be a double-edged sword. Aging and outdated technologies in plants are frequently in need of upgrades and repairs, which can contribute to significant delays in workflow. No example is more relevant today than the problem companies face with their distributed control system (DCS). DCS is a computerized control system for a process or plant with many control loops, in which autonomous controllers are distributed throughout the system. Because DCS is an integral and essential component in day-to-day operations but is also becoming quickly outdated, it is more and more necessary for companies to consider DCS migration, which involves upgrading the system and processes to newer technologies. Below we’ll provide some common practices for DCS migration, weighing out the pros and cons of each.
With aging technology and systems along with the rise of cybersecurity risks, it is now more important than ever to keep your human-machine interface (HMI) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system safe. Here are a few simple steps you can use to minimize unplanned downtime and protect your organization and systems:
Monitoring and control equipment for operators is a necessity whenever machinery and plants need to be controlled. The challenge faced by system integrators is not limitation in terms of variety, but finding a solution that’s long-lasting and flexible according to changing needs.
Simatic HMI Panels have proven their value in almost all applications throughout the industrial sector. Their diversified portfolio demonstrates their ability to adapt to the ever-changing demands of all types of customers. Siemens has made a recent addition to its Simatic portfolio with the IP65-protected HMI Comfort Panels PRO, for visualization and automation without control cabinets.
Flexible control of production, efficient management of assets and synchronization of supply chains; who doesn’t want it all? More than being a want, all these factors are becoming a necessity as the competition gets fierce. Fortunately, Siemens has a solution for this as well, encapsulated by its range of RFID and code-reading systems that offer unrivaled integration, delivering highly effective identification solutions.
Siemens has always distinguished itself from the competition by providing solutions rather than products and it has done so once again with an addition to its Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) portfolio with a new drive series based synchronous-reluctance technology. The motor technology has an extremely high-efficiency and is integrated with a cutting-edge converter, both specifically harmonized to facilitate a cost-effective operation.
The Sinamics S210 and Simotics S-1FK2 are additional examples where Siemens has proven its industry-leading skill in the world of automation. The S210-S1FK2 set is perfect for high dynamic motor control applications and has much to offer including top performance, integrated safety functions, ease of use and simple commissioning.
Examples of the converter-motor set applications are:
- Packaging machines
- Stacking units
- Handling equipment
- Woodworking, glass and ceramic industries
Simatic HMI Pro is an all-round industrial interface solution that covers every aspect that one might encounter in the field, from reliability to throughput to ruggedness. One of the products offered by the Simatic line is the HMI Comfort Panel, designed to eliminate control cabinet style monitoring, making visualization & automation an entire level easier.
Wireless solutions are being increasingly adopted in the industrial world due to the obvious benefit of mobility they bring to the table. Technologies such as Bluetooth and WLAN have made it easier to form connections with hard to reach appliances, while keeping the installation cost under check. Anybus wireless products provide performance, reliability and security that’s at par with wired solutions, enabling industries to instill a permanent factor of flexibility and move closer towards having an Industrial IoT based system.
Magnetic encoder technology is vastly used in heavy industries such as steel mills, ship drives, gas turbines, power stations, drilling rigs, and so on. The rugged landscape and threat of harsh elements require delivery of control signals over a long period of time in a reliable and efficient manner. While optical scanning encoder systems are always an option, the extreme conditions make it unsuitable for installation. Extremely confined spaces, large shaft diameters and no free shafts are just some of the reasons as to why Magnetic Encoder technology needs to be adopted.
Launched in 1994 by HMS Industrial Networks, Anybus technology and products have proved themselves as a worthy cog in the industrial automation machine, making up for the most used 3rd part range of fieldbus connectivity products. Anybus’ functionalities can’t be confined within those of a fieldbus. It can be thought of as a range of generic products that provide support to all types of industrial fieldbus networks.