Deliver faster SCADA projects with MAPS 4
To overcome competitive pressures, end-users and integrators need to review every aspect of plant and machine operations. Each investment must deliver efficiencies in terms performance, reliability and operability. A SCADA software is no exception to this, and Mitsubishi Electric’s Christian Nomine looks at how the latest faster SCADA solutions can deliver these.
Delivering projects faster means winning more profitable business. Efficiency improvements and cost savings start from the planning stage. By selecting a SCADA solution with the widest range of built-in functionality, system integrators avoids a lengthy custom-code development stage.
Mitsubishi Electric’s MAPS 4 SCADA solution provides fast initial development and project planning flexibility. It includes many pre-configured Object Template models in addition to the flexibility to copy, adapt and create new objects very quickly. A built-in library of more than 100 PLC and RTU drivers then helps with adding components to a manufacturing or process control orientated project. MAPS 4 also includes the full operational profiles of devices like PLCs, drives, servo systems, HMIs and robots.
Scalability and flexibility are the features that provide the greatest short-term and long-term benefits. Being compatible with a wide range of field devices helps, but a scalable system architecture is also essential. The ability to develop seamlessly from a stand-alone system to a larger configuration is important.
Redundancy, running on multiple servers, using different physical computers connected to a network, HMIs and mobile devices is becoming increasingly common. Meeting end user demand right now is therefore as much about satisfying the immediate project functional requirements as it is provisioning for the future.
The Cloud, IIoT and Industry 4.0
With the large volumes of data expected from future IIoT/Industry 4 implementations, secure data storage is an important consideration. Faster SCADA applications offer cloud compatibility out-of-the-box. Without this, managing information security, database accessibility and multiple browser platforms is a big challenge.
The MAPS 4 answer is to include an IIoT module that allows MAPS to connect seamlessly to third-party IoT cloud hosted environments. Using a fast, built-in solution helps optimise project cost. Furthermore, it offers the user benefits such as plant and process optimisation realise for a faster ROI. The software is suitable for hosting in the cloud with built-in support for Sigfox, LoRa and MQTT.
In provides expected features like reporting, ease of use, high quality graphics, a historian, OEE modules, track & trace functionality. However, it is the facility for wider connectivity that is enabling further user benefits. A flexible database management tool ensures MAPS 4 usability as an information portal to collect live production data from several locations, plus other data sources and connect to MIS/MES and ERP systems.
Setting and achieving individual KPIs and systematically improving OEE for example increases production output and efficiency. However, faster SCADA solutions add further value. They provide a single point of engineering for delivering a project, deploying changes and updating a system over time
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