ESM - SCADA Integration

Professionals in all industrial environments face a number of different challenges.

At ESM, we work to provide manufacturing and processing businesses with tools to gather, organise, and visualise the variables that are the heartbeat of their business.

One of the tools we deliver to achieve this is SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) software.

SCADA is not new. The first SCADA systems built on PC/DOS based architecture were monitoring and controlling processes in the 80's.

Traditional SCADA systems rely on one or more servers, distributed clients, each requiring licenses and then a pay / per tag and per database pricing structure.

It's expensive, restrictive, and requires a lot of management.

We thought... There has to be a better SCADA platform?

We found it! Ignition from Inductive Automation.

The Project

Our client operates a high volume commercial laundry. The existing control system is provided by a global supplier of laundry systems, and is proven, and though ageing, works reliably.

That is, until there's a problem.

While the control system itself is reliable, mechanically, there are kilometres of roof mounted track system that transport the laundry from station to station.

The Problem

It's common for damage to occur to rails, changeover gates, and sensors taking section or even the entire plant down.

The existing control system, while reliable, is not exactly designed to be maintenance friendly. Invariably, fault diagnosis involves someone in a control room to check the status of switches, prox's and other sensors, communicating with an engineer out in the factory via two-way radio. 

Up to 3 people could be involved to resolve a simple misaligned prox. 

Adding to this, the heart of the existing control system is an obsolete Mitsubishi PLC, communicating with external systems via serial communications.

The Solution

Working closely with the maintenance engineers, we designed a maintenance tool using Ignition SCADA from Inductive Automation.

Displays were drawn showing the entire factory topology, overlayed with visual representations of the control points and sensor states.

Control over the actuators is possible from a PC connected to the new network, or via iPad from anywhere in the factory.

Safeguards are in place to ensure operator have appropriate security clearances, and forced states are only active for short periods before being automatically removed.

Instead of 3 engineers tracing a single fault, now, one maintenance engineer can isolate the fault point and control and test the system using no more than an iPad in the factory.

If you would like to know how ESM Australia can help with your Automation needs please contact us here or call (07) 3856 3100

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