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Complete plant control

Companies often mull over and discuss factory or plant-wide management solutions for many years – but without ever actually implanting them. After all, they are understandably reluctant to halt production for an extended period while the new system is being fitted, and find the prospect of organizing and planning the whole activity daunting, especially since they often want to implement a new solution all at once.

Companies often mull over and discuss factory or plant-wide management solutions for many years – but without ever actually implanting them. After all, they are understandably reluctant to halt production for an extended period while the new system is being fitted, and find the prospect of organizing and planning the whole activity daunting, especially since they often want to implement a new solution all at once.

e-F@ctory

Mitsubishi Electrics e-F@ctory solution answers a lot of these issues. It is based on the System Q automation platform concept. Thanks to System Q’s modular design, it is now much easier to implement plant-wide control based on segmented or manufacturing cell solutions.

Communication

Plant-wide operations rely on good communication strategies. System Q’s automation platform can support over 50 different forms of communication, including standard RS232, fieldbuses, Ethernet, webservers and redundant networks.

Making life easy

Traditionally, the interface between MES and the production environment has been separated by a layer of management PCs and master PLCs used for concentrating data and cell information. With System Q’s automation platform, this structure can be simplified by embedding the PC directly on the same backplane. This removes a layer of management structure as well as simplifying implementation.

Each customer’s requirements are different and System Q is designed to offer a wide range of solutions that can be easily adapted. For example, System Q enables the use of local embedded webserver technology, meaning that Ethernet and web-based browsing can be used for capturing data. Moreover, a dedicated MES interface allows System Q to “talk” directly to the MES software without any intermediary devices, reducing implementation and on-going maintenance costs.

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