CreatedThursday, January 24,2019 at 1:34 PM
Production line control and monitoring and plant production modification tracing systems are centralized with Movicon 11 supervision
I.T. Technologies is an Italian company that design engineers and installs software solutions and electric panels in the industrial automation sector. They went into operation in 2000 and soon gained success in contributing towards design engineering and installing systems in various industrial automation sectors.
The company’s strong points lies in their capability to create complete automation systems according to customer specifications by first design engineering...
The company’s strong points lies in their capability to create complete automation systems according to customer specifications by first design engineering the project in their technical design studio. They then install the necessary electric panels and circuit breakers in machines and develop and test run the management programs in the final startup stages. As a Movicon Solution Provider their collaboration with Progea began when the Mother company recognized their expertise in delivering automation solutions using Movicon in projects created according to customer needs. This recognition earned them Movicon Solution Provider certification. Other important partnerships with industrial component manufacturers have also contributed to making I.T. Technologies a technology forerunner in the automation sector.
Pizzoli Spa was established in 1926 in Budrio, in the province of Bologna, when Mario Pizzoli decided to startup a small activity in buying and selling locally grown potatoes by selling them to the highest bidder. In the first post-war decade Mario Pizzoli passed the reins of the company to his son Ennio, who then started investing in machinery and workers to sort out and package the potatoes. The Pizzoli bags of potatoes were then seen for the first time on emerging supermarket shelves. Ennio and his brother, Irnerio then elaborated on this venture to create a frozen fried potato production. Following investments in technology and research the company grew into a more important reality in the potato sector. In addition to the classical fried chips, their portfolio also started including other varieties such as potato wedges, cubes, croquettes and gnocchi.
Restaurants started serving Pizzoli chips and they were sold in all the supermarkets. As a result to these investments, their range of products also grew. This enabled the company to compete alongside oversea markets by offering ‘Made in Italy’ products; their gnocchi specialty were introduced to the Asian market and in particular Japan for the first time.
In 2017 they started up a new logistic platform using sophisticated and low environmental impact automation systems in San Pietro in Casale, in the Province of Bologna, Italy. Fruit of cutting-edge engineering technology, the logistic platform is their first step in establishing a new production hub which is now the most important in southern Europe.
The automation solution The application connects the company’s various plant automation systems and stand-alone PLC systems of different brand names to one unique control platform. These different systems connect to the control system which generates a production process data control dashboard to allow operators to modify the many parameters directly from the control room.
In fact, throughout the years since then, systems of various makes that connect using different communication drivers, such as PLC Siemens, Allen Bradley, Modbus equipment, both RTU and Ethernet have been integrated. The factory’s process data has also been integrated and stored on a relational database with the use of historical trends to view the most important process variables.
The production plants are connected to the system to generate a control dashboard that shows process and production data and which is used to change parameters directly from the control room. The Web Client option is an equally important feature. It has resulted very effective for the various productivity process managers because they can now keep situations under control directly from their office without having to interfere with the shift manager’s work on the factory floor.
Web Client access is consented to Key company personnel who need to have a constant updated vision of the production process. This personnel include the Production Director, Maintenance Manager, Quality Control and Process Manager as well as the Warehouse Manager who receives deliveries and coordinates the storage and supply of raw materials.
The system architecture The architecture comprises a virtual Movicon server to which a local client and five Web Clients are connected. The production manager has exclusive use of the local client, otherwise known as thin client, while Web Clients can use any browser to access the server from various types of devices, such as smartphone, tablet or PC, with personalized password protection. The server application communicates with around 15 PLCs of various brand names.
Although Movicon was initially required to centralize all the various systems, which are used in the factory to control the production process and detect any anomaly, Movicon is also used for tracing modifications made to the various system parameters. Once data are collected, they are then analyzed to ascertain whether any auto-resets need to be made according to the product being processed.
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