Supervision and control
The decisive orientation of the manufacturing sector towards the FMS (Flexible Manufacturing Systems) and the explosive growth of the Internet are mainly due to competitive advantages both of a strategic nature (increased flexibility in terms of size and territorial location), and of a tactical-operational nature ( increase in tolerance to system-faults, increase in plant productivity and diversification of production mixes).
The possibility of taking advantage of these systems, however, introduces greater management complexity and cannot be separated from the design of an efficient supervisory and control system.
The advantages are directly appreciable by all departments of the company:
- Better quality: analyze and control product quality. Advanced alarm statistics will allow staff to calibrate process parameters to prevent anomalies before they happen.
- Reduction of maintenance and maintenance costs: through the use of a centralized supervision and control system, it is possible to significantly reduce operating and management costs. As the need for personnel to monitor remote devices decreases, operator efficiency increases and, as fewer interventions are needed, maintenance and training costs are reduced.
- Integration with existing systems: a well-designed supervision and control system integrates with the existing systems by connecting company databases and plants, in order to facilitate reporting and increase productivity and profit.
- Corporate access: the systems become accessible via an internet browser and allowing corporate users to take advantage of information in real time, providing rapid access to the system.
The Human Machine Interfaces or operator panels that allow the interaction between man and machine are the first tool capable of increasing company productivity, a well-made interface speeds up operations and allows timely diagnostics of faults or process errors.
In addition, in our day PCs and operating systems have become increasingly robust, reliable and accessible, this has facilitated their use in the industrial sector, allowing us to develop interfaces with new functions, we no longer stop at just viewing / setting the parameters but they record and share a considerable amount of data not only within the production site but also in the rest of the world thanks to the WEB, smartphones with the right apps allow access that follows us everywhere.
The programmable logic controller (PLC) is an industrial component specialized in the management or control of industrial processes. Today this acronym acquires a wider meaning, in fact, for a correct control of a machine it is not enough to know only the sequence of operations that it must perform, but one must evaluate the best cost-benefit ratio, that is, there are multiple solutions and devices that can cooperate with the control units such as more or less intelligent drives and actuators.
A further push has been given by CODESYS of 3S-Smart Software Solutions GmbH which transforms the power of a PC into a reliable PLC with computing power and interconnection capacity never seen before.
We as Hive Technology, from the top of our 20 years of experience (we started with S5 simens programmed in dos), are able to evaluate the configuration that best suits your needs ranging from the best known brands of controllers, drives, decentralized periphery , not that industrial PCs and HMI panels.
By industrial plant we mean a complex of capitals, machines, vehicles and employees able to exploit material and energy resources to transform them into finished products with greater added value through chemical-physical transformations or manufacturing and / or assembly processes.
This tells us that an effective system is composed of several elements that must be coordinated with each other, therefore the specific control of each machine is not enough, but must be managed in a global vision, for this purpose supervisory systems are born.
The plant supervision system allow you to have always monitored the operation and performance of the plant.
The automation of a plant allows to perfectly evaluate if the production rhythm respects what is expected and if all the phases of the process are tuned together. Through these system supervision systems we can view the status of things comfortably from the office and promptly respond to requests for parameter changes. This working model increases productivity exponentially, because it allows you to intervene without delay on any anomaly.
With supervision and control systems, equipped at the start with a series of "recipes" built on the typical processes and on the specific needs of the customer, the use is easier for operators and allows the quality standards of the products to remain unchanged.
As an ideal complement to a well-made supervision, it is good to combine an advanced production management software, as well as a sophisticated consumption monitoring device in order to obtain a correct recovery of the energy produced.