Mitsubishi MAPS addresses SCADA shortcomings.
Mitsubishi MAPS addresses SCADA shortcomings.
Together with e-F@ctory partner Adroit Technologies, Mitsubishi Electric UK has addressed the shortcomings of traditional PLC-SCADA integration tools with Mitsubishi Adroit Process Suite (MAPS). It offers a fully integrated SCADA/PLC solution with pre-configured software libraries, integrated diagnostic, maintenance tools and document management
The Mitsubishi Adroit Process Suite (MAPS) is a life-cycle software tool that offers value along the entire value chain. It addresses the shortcomings of most PLC SCADA integration tools in that it offers value to the engineering and integration phases. It also extends the integrity of the “as delivered” solution and offers customers the ability to handle the normal extensions and maintenance of any automation solution.
This single integrated package takes users through all the phases of process design, engineering design, control system design, installation, commissioning, acceptance testing and ongoing maintenance; helping to maintain consistency and integrity within an automation system, improving quality and reducing costs.
Standards based approach
In process applications where Mitsubishi Electric PLCs are mixed with SCADA solutions from South African market leader Adroit Technologies, MAPS provides a structured approach to life-cycle engineering. It provides a standards-based approach that reduces the time and effort in automation project development, testing and commissioning phases, with pre-defined and user configurable PLC function blocks and associated SCADA graphics, based on the international S88 and S95 standards.
SINGLE POINT OF CONFIGURATION
The MAPS solution provides a structured single point of configuration, deployment and management. Using the MAPS Enterprise Manager allows for bulk engineering and reduced effort through import functions which enable the rapid configuration of the engineering development, SCADA and PLC project, as well as ongoing lifecycle management of the automation solution.
MAPS provides a wizard approach which can automatically generate PLC and SCADA projects, significantly reducing the time spent on development and configuration. It also ensures a standardised and structured design which eases on-going maintenance of the plant throughout its life-cycle.
Another major shortfall of traditional integration tools is the generation of reports. With MAPS, reports covering areas such as I/O schedules, PLC and SCADA tag configuration can be automatically generated. This automatic report generation ensures that the project on handover also reflects the “as built” up-to-date electrical and instrumentation drawings that are aligned to the SCADA tags and PLC I/O. The reports are database driven, so even through on-going maintenance the reports will always reflect the current status of the electrical and instrumentation configuration.
MAPS helps to ensure that project documentation is kept up to date. Throughout the design phases and even as systems are upgraded or modified over time, MAPS provides on-going management of the PLC/SCADA and the plant “as built” electrical and instrumentation documentation. Whether tags are changed in the design, PLC, SCADA or the MAPS management environment, the project ensures that databases and documentation are synchronised. MAPS also offers the ability to centrally back up projects.
Standards approach to projects
Pre-defined and user configurable PLC Function blocks and associated SCADA graphics together with a project structure according to S88/S95 standards reduce engineering time and effort significantly.
– Single point of configuration, deployment and management The MAPS solution is a structured single point of configuration. Using the MAPS Enterprise Manager, allows for bulk engineering and reduced effort which enables rapid configuration of your engineering design, SCADA and PLC project and ongoing life-cycle management of the automation solution.
– Automatically generated PLC and SCADA projects to reduce engineering effort
Cost reductions of between 25 % and 50 % can be achieved when using the wizard approach to projects inside MAPS, allowing the user to benefit from the reduced time spent on development and configuration.
– Automatically generated reports
In MAPS reports can be created, covering I/O schedules, PLC and SCADA tag configuration. As these reports are generated from a database that is constantly updated, reports always show the current status of the configuration. That ensures that the project on handover reflects the as-built up to date configuration of the automation project.
– On-going life cycle management
The MAPS solution offers customers the capability of on-going management of their PLC/SCADA projects and the plant´s as-built electrical documentation. Whether tags are changed in the design, PLC, SCADA or the MAPS management environment, the project ensures that databases and documentation are synchronised.
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