Efficiency and control to 360°
Professionalism, commitment and continuous research in the field of control systems, allow us to choose the latest hardware configurations and last generation's software, able to ensure the performance required by our Customers. Our years of experience in the field of industrial automation found its natural evolution, always at the highest level in software development.
These are our main services:
In addition at programs for the control and monitoring of individual production units, we also produce software for the automation of entire factories: from the communication in a local network among different production lines, to the centralized management of data acquired up to the interfacing with the operational and executive department. In respect of our development procedures, which require the acquisition and analysis of the Customer's specifications, the study and implementation of the request, a series of tests in the systems, commissioning and final testing in production, we are able to validate the project in complete conformity with the requirements of the contract. Of great importance is also the preparation of documentation with automation, which is necessary for the management and maintenance of the system. It includes: listings of developed software, operating specifications, flow chart of the automated process, datasheets and instruction manuals for the operator and for the use of the equipment.
The software for PLC is surely the most important component in the software automation supply. It's the central element on the automation system and it determines the performances, the reliability, the flexibility and the easy to use.
For such motive this software is also the part of the project that needs more attention. It needs an absolute knowledge of the development tools and the hardware components employed, with the competence related to the specific production process that the plant has to perform.
So that, each typology of plant requires specific knowledge for the right management of the its own problems, that are often typical just for that typology and extraneous to applications of different nature. This reason has induced us to specialize our technicians about the automations on specific productive sectors, thanks to the knowledge and skilled experiences achieved on each of them.
With "Software for PLC" we talk about various typologies of control and regulation:
The HMI (Human Machine Interface) solutions include the hardware and software components, with the primary function of to realize an interface between the operator and the automation system.
This solutions constitute an integral part of the systems of automation, thanks to the increasing need of access to the production information and action on the process at real time.
The producers of automation systems offer a wide range of operator panels of various dimensions and functionality:
Suitable to cover all necessities, from the simple request of visualization and command to applications next to a supervision system:
In the last years, always more frequent, we are passed from simple HMI solutions to the use of real supervision and control systems SCADA (SupervisoryControl And Data Acquisition).
The primary finality of these systems is to allow the active management of the information coming from the plant:
These are the main objectives of a supervision system
In the manifold realizations, that we have performed in the most different sectors, we have introduced functions like these:
We use the most known supervision systems:
When the requirement of the supervision system are beyond the normal functions of a SCADA, we are able to developed some software applications in the most common languages (Visual Basic, C, C++, C #. NET). This software can run stand alone or can be add in a SCADA project, integrating its functionalities.
Some examples of custom designed applications realized:
After sometime, the documentation about the automation is become more and more important, until to be, by now, a necessary component of the supply, essential for a correct ordinary management and for a suitable maintenance of the plant.
The Technical functional specification is a document that describes the automation system in its configuration and operation. It includes a description of the phases and the cycles of the plant, the list of the devices with theirs input and output and a description of the manual and automatic operation of every device. It's written in collaboration with the Customer, on agreement with the functional concept of the system and with the requirement of the productive process. It's a valid referential document for the develop of the whole project and, after that, it remains as a documentation as built; It could be useful for future analyses, maintenances and modifications. It can be integrated with schematic representations of the process, like Logical Flow Chart or Time Diagrams.
The purpose of the Operator Manual is to give the operator the necessary instructions to the correct use of the machine, operating with its manual and automatic functions. It normally contains a illustration of the display pages of the supervisor PC or the operator panel, with detailed description of the HMI functions: manual and automatic commands, method of selection of the operational cycles, settable work parameters, process value displayed, diagnostic alarms, etc.
The supply could normally be completed with the technical documentation of the equipments used in the project, with Data Sheet and User Manuals.
The whole documentation is obviously supplied in Italian language, in English and, if required, in the language of the Country where the plant will be installed.
The technical advice and support, following to the commissioning of the automation, are two services extremely important and very appreciate by our Customers.
Some personalized contracts, built as specific requirement, offer to our Customers precious services:
At the end of the software development, we are able to perform a preliminary test on the executed work, with the purpose to verify that the function of the system adhere to the referential requirement.
The use of hardware and software simulation tools allows us to make a very careful test, reproducing the performance of the plant in the final conditions of work.
A following test of the electric board and the hardware components that will be installed, allows to include on the testing also the equipments and the wirings.
The preliminary testing in our Home allows surely a time saving during the following commissioning on site, reducing the costs and improving the efficiency of such activity.
The commissioning is the last activity in time order, but not surely the last one about importance.
It's the phase of the supply that needs more attention. It's realized when the system is completely assembled, installed and wired and it concerns the tests of functioning of the plant in the real conditions of exercise, with the verifying of the whole hardware and subsequently the software of command and control in all of its parts.
During these phases, it's possible to verify that all the details of the project are congruent each other and they allow to achieve the results and the performances required by the referential specification.
Only after this activity, the supply could finally be approved and accepted by the buyer, with the following validation of the project, according to the operational procedures required by the ISO 9001 certification.