Application Stories

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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Oct 20

Herb Elliott Port and Rail Infrastructure

Against the backdrop of an emerging minerals resources boom driven by the economic transformation of China and India, plus, restricted access to existing rail and port facilities, Fortescue was forced to build its own rail and port infrastructure to take advantage of Asia’s growing demand for Iron Ore. In partnership with engineering firm WorleyParsons, construction at the Herb Elliott Port commenced in November 2006 on reclaimed swampland, and first deliveries of iron ore from Cloudbreak mine were uploaded and stockpiled ready for export in April 2008.
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Oct 16

PROFINET builds the Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aerospace automation provider Advanced Integration Technology incorporated Safety PLCs, Motion Control, plus safety and standard I/O, all on a single PROFINET network for more efficient, compliant automation. Read this Application Story to find out how they did it.
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Dec 2

PROFINET Does That – Fori Automation

Fori Automation wanted to solve a difficult problem in the aerospace industry with their innovative Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). They needed an automation network that provided motion control, safety, and wireless in a single all-encompassing solution. PROFINET Does That.
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Jul 1

PROFINET Does That – Precision Drilling

The days of “dumb iron” in North America’s oil and gas fields are numbered. That’s the conviction of Darcy Falardeau of Precision Drilling Corporation, who sees modern communication networks like Profinet making drilling rigs and the associated on-site equipment smarter, and making the overall drilling process safer and more efficient.
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Jan 28

PROFINET Does That – GE Appliances

Moving at the speed demanded in today’s business environment, where stiff competition means new products must be made and introduced faster than ever before, requires technologies that simplify production start-ups. For GE Appliances, those technologies include the Profinet industrial Ethernet network.
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