What is significant about an intelligent beverage production of the future?
Industry 4.0 offers great opportunities and challenges for drinks producers: ensuring competitiveness, resource and energy efficiency, quick adaptation to sales markets and increasing individualization.
A smart factory links local and intelligent systems to digital networks of machines and product components. It independently records data from its environment and then uses this within the production process. Machines that are designed to be open for different applications also contribute to this. Production as a whole becomes more flexible. Smaller batch sizes are also made possible without retooling costs. Processes like ordering of materials and consumables, and even energy management, are also automated.
How does the zenon software system contribute to the smart factory?
The software for process control and visualization must also be designed correspondingly open and flexible, in order to meet these requirements. The multifunctional zenon software opens beverage production to the pending evolution of Industry 4.0. It consists of zenon Analyzer for evaluations and big-data analyses, zenon Supervisor as an independent SCADA system, zenon Operator as an HMI system and zenon Logic as an integrated, IEC 61131-3-based PLC system.
Numerous technologies for networking and consistent vertical integration create various advantages:
• Connectivity: Manufacturer-independent connectivity to include heterogeneous production landscapes.
• Intelligence of "embedded device" via the PC to the cloud: With straton and zenon Logic, the IEC 61131-3 development environment and Runtime. Can run on microcontrollers, PCs and in the cloud.
• Flexible networking and production: simple integration can be used to quickly implement needs-based and scalable architectures; the system remains expandable through further client types, including mobile devices.
• Cloud integration: For data used across sites and computationally-intensive applications.
• Security and safety: Integrated security and safety technologies, as well as design concepts, in order to meet the requirements of networked production.
• A better overview reduces maintenance costs and increases effectiveness of the entire factory.
With zenon your beverage manufacturing becomes an intelligent, flexible and adaptable beverage production environment.