Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 15 2017 - Page 27

and maintenance costs and making information more easily accessible throughout the plant. Manufacturers should look for an automation platform where PLCs and dedicated CPUs are consolidated on a single backplane with a single high-speed system bus. These various CPUs will be responsible for different aspects of automation control – in- cluding robot control, motion control, process control, etc. Other benefits of a consolidated single platform are the reduction of interconnecting networks and large data bandwidth capability. The platform should also extend to the operator interface, typically an HMI, or a mobile device, improving productivity through multiple ad- vanced functions, while acting as a seamless interface to other contro- llers within the production line. At the same time, the platform can provide an interface to higher level systems, delivering IT information to and from the plant floor. This offers further tools for system design, programming, With around 124.000 employees debugging and maintenance, ensuring the company recorded consolidated consistency of the complete lifecycle group sales of 39.3 billion US Dollar* of the system. in the fiscal year ended March 31, We can see, then, that while choosing control components from a single 2014. Our sales offices, research & development centres and manufac- turing plants are located in over 30 supplier provides very real benefits, countries. going a step further and adopting an Electric Europe, Industrial Auto- automation platform can deliver so mation – UK Branch is located in much more. It gives food and drink Hatfield, United Kingdom. It is a part manufacturers the tools they need to of the European Factory Automation Mitsubishi take a holistic view of their operations Business Group based in Ratingen, and push the efficiency, productivity, Germany which in turn is part of speed of development and reliability Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., a of their production processes to new wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubi- levels. shi Electric Corporation, Japan. with the enterprise. ABOUT MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC The role of Industrial Automation – All of this can be achieved with With over 90 years of experience opportunities to optimise processes, as well as offering improvements in traceability through direct connection significantly reduced system confi- guration costs, as communications can be established without having to in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the UK Branch is to manage sales, ser- vice and support across its network of local branches and distributors throughout United Kingdom. world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Further Information: boundaries. is a recognized world leader in the Website: The advantages of an automation electrical and electronic equipment platform go beyond just optimisation used in information processing and of control processes. A further key communications, space development benefit of a true automation platform and satellite communications, consu- is an integrated engineering environ- mer electronics, industrial technology, ment, delivering further reductions as well as in products for the energy in total cost of ownership. This single sector, water and waste water, trans- engineering environment provides portation and building equipment. worry about network hierarchies and manufacture, marketing and sales of FDPP - 27