The University of Miskolc in Hungary staged the international Distributed Control Systems (DCS) conference for the 19th time in October 2013. Experts and professionals from the process and energy industries came together for three days to discuss industry trends and innovations. Numerous presentations and discussions focused on the latest technologies and solutions around process control systems, communication systems and control and analysis systems.
Opening presentation outlined specific requirements that have to be met for Industry 4.0
The Industry 4.0 project, which is essentially a fourth industrial revolution, is becoming increasingly important
Thanks to its global network and status as a leader in the field, Weidmüller was invited by the organisers to open the conference with a guest presentation on the significance and development of the fourth industrial revolution.
In a presentation entitled “What makes us go forward – Industry 4.0”, Weidmüller outlined the most interesting developments for the purposes of the process and power generation industries.
Weidmüller has research expertise in all markets
The fourth industrial revolution is based on the networking of different components. Independent communication systems provide the control system with specific results measured at different levels of the automation pyramid.
The flexibility of processes can thus be influenced to optimum effect, and the plant operator can act with foresight. The central idea of all-embracing condition monitoring in conjunction with self-regulating and controllable operating parameters can be applied to any set of operations in automation engineering.
“As a result of our commitment to the development of intelligent technical systems in the leading-edge cluster it’s OWL, we have developed wide-ranging expertise in Industry 4.0,” reported Martin John, Head of Market Communications in Weidmüller's Electronics division. “As an industrial connectivity partner, we are able to put this expertise to good effect in all our customers' fields of application. We thus generate knowledge transfer on a huge scale and develop solutions and innovative approaches for a wide variety of applications. The DCS conference gives us the opportunity to present the results of our research into diagnostic methods and self-optimisation to the process and power generation industries.”
Martin John, Market Communication Manager for Electronics
From intelligent diagnostic methods to self-optimising process design
In one of the projects in which Weidmüller is involved as part of the leading-edge cluster it’s OWL a self-optimising procedure has been developed for stamping and bending machines. The integration of network interfaces in field components facilitates the early detection of irregularities in the production process.
The network layer allows a system's process time performance to be learned during operation and used as a model. The system's performance can then be continuously compared with the predictions of the model. Deviations are detected immediately and can either be regulated by the system directly or trigger a maintenance job. Intelligent diagnostics technology thus increases process reliability and reduces set-up times.
Improved transparency in process automation through distributed communication
ACT20C signal converters enable status monitoring via Ethernet
Asset management systems play a critical role in the infrastructure of the process and power generation industries. Both distributed and centralised control systems provide an overview of the current status of the entire process by collecting and analysing a large number of parameters. However, they do not provide a detailed and constantly available overview of all critical system statuses.
Networked signal converters such as Weidmüller's ACT20C contribute towards more detailed analysis in the field. They provide information on device status, signals and data to the control system directly. In this way, upcoming maintenance requirements can be identified and dealt with in good time. This ensures prolonged plant availability.
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Published in February 2014
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