Application Stories

Apr 24

Extending Diamond Mine Life with PROFINET

The primary purpose of this project is to extend the life of mines and to ramp up the rate of mining. The project includes 10 motor control centers with over 200 starters. Variable speed drives and soft starters were also installed. PROFINET is the communication protocol.
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Apr 9

Mobile debarking system relies on MVK Metal and PROFIBUS

Fieldbus installation concepts using MVK Metal are well-established solutions for highly automated production lines. Sometimes, Murrelektronik's rugged fieldbus module is used in applications where you wouldn't quite expect it. A prime example is the Halder GmbH mobile debarking system. The machine builder, located in southern Germany, retrofitted their systems with MVK Metal, a modern Profibus fieldbus solution.
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Apr 7

How a California Quarry Doubles Production, Lowers Costs

Canyon Rock turned to Siemens Totally Integrated Automation, TIA Portal engineering software and Profinet communications for rapid expansion and increased profitability. Faced with completing one of the largest projects in its history, Canyon Rock, a Northern California quarry, knew success depended on making major changes to its operations—and making them quickly. It needed to double production to meet the specifications of the bid it had just won, a sizable effort that required outside help. Recognizing that increasing capacity so significantly meant a major modernization, the company turned to its long-time business associate, automation specialist EandM, along with the known quality and reliability of the Siemens automation products and systems EandM distributes, to make it happen.
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Apr 6

Connected Manufacturing: Better Data, Better Decisions

Leveraging powerful network technologies such as Profinet with existing infrastructure eliminates complexity, enhances decision making and speeds response to plant events. In today’s increasingly competitive global manufacturing marketplace, manufacturers need to modernize or risk falling hopelessly behind their competitors. The question: how do they do this within their existing infrastructure? The answer is not a tangible product that can be purchased off-the-shelf, nor is it a guide with secret steps to solving problems. The answer is Connected Manufacturing, an approach to infrastructure modernization based on standard engineering principles. Using Connected Manufacturing principles, manufacturers are able to upgrade their plant networks easily, cost effectively, and at their own pace without interruptions. With this approach—using technologies that connect to a manufacturers existing equipment—manufacturers can reduce operating costs, improve operations, ensure data security, and help maintain an aggressively competitive stance in the global market.
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Feb 20

New laser-based R&D cell uses PROFIBUS for robotics & distributed IO

A new laser-based research and development cell has been installed at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty, West Midlands, to help keep British manufacturing at the forefront of assembly, fabrication, and joining technologies. A Mitsubishi iQ-controller controls the laser, a six-axis test piece handling robot and multiple points of distributed I/O over Profibus connections.
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Feb 20

PROFINET mining gold above the Arctic Circle with ABB

ABB is currently upgrading the automation system at Agnico Eagle's gold mine in Lapland, with eight of its latest ruggedised PLCs for controlling equipment in harsh conditions and extreme climates. The PLCs will control the sedimentation process of the concentrating mill at Europe's largest gold mine, Agnico Eagle, in northern Finland which is 150 km inside the Arctic Circle near the town of Kittila. PROFINET connects the IO.
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Jan 13

Automation of the car body assembly lien for the new Audi A3

When Audi AG redesigned its Audi A3, the company needed an entire new assembly line in Ingolstadt, Germany. The Phoenix Contact RFC 470S safety controller using the Profinet/Profisafe system met the system needs: flexibility, performance and diagnostics.
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Dec 12

Paper Mill reduces waste, increases efficiency, and reduces downtime with PROFINET

Paper Mill reduces waste, increases efficiency, and reduces downtime with PROFINET-connected servos. The automation solution identified by Spiraltech has involved the complete design of a new generation of machines and the associated creation of a state-of-the-art technology solution.
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Nov 10

PROFIBUS Monitor detects critical changes in the fieldbus system and prevents downtimes

A breakdown of the fieldbus communication system can quickly become very expensive, particularly if it causes unplanned downtime of complex machinery like paper manufacturing facilities. To avoid network problems, it is essential to know the current age-related states of the installed PROFIBUS components. The PROFIBUS Monitor (BC-502-PB) diagnostics tool for the continuous monitoring of PROFIBUS networks supports the early detection of potential failures. In addition, the analysis data provided by the PROFIBUS Monitor can be used as the basis for scheduling preventive maintenance action during planned machine downtimes.
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Nov 7

Automation Lessons Learned at Iron Bridge Water Plant

The City of Orlando’s Iron Bridge Water Treatment Plant. Bill Wood, Manager of the Industrial Automation Group, and Guy Mecabe, System Manager of Wastewater Systems, discussed their systems philosophy at the plant. The city owns and manages four large wastewater treatment facilities with associated remote pumping and lift stations. The Iron Bridge plant was originally built in the 1980s to treat about 5 million gallons of wastewater per day. After several modifications and upgrades, it can now treat and reclaim up to 40 million gallons in that same 24-hour period. The facilities standardized on Siemens controls, drives, power distribution, and Profibus and PROFINET communications network.
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