Integrated automation, available from Daanet , refers to the ability to start multiple software tools from a single program. Daanet demonstrates how integrated automation supports a machine throughout it's entire lifecyle.
Today, visualisation applications, drive technology and safety systems have become essential components of a modern automation solution. However, simply integrating all these components into one tool falls far short of providing the best possible support for machine manufacturers. In order to pursue the idea of integrated automation even further, the following trends in the field of machine and systems manufacturing must also be considered:
Reduction of time to market
Technology-oriented consumer markets tend toward increasingly faster cycles of innovation. Machine and systems manufacturers must develop and automate new machines in ever shorter intervals. In addition to integrating the various tools, the importance of perfectly adapting the development tool to the line of automation products is essential. This is the only way to utilise the full performance of the products (be it the classical controller, Automation PC or visualization), and to avoid time-consuming compromises.
The machine as a link in the value creation chain
A single machine – however flexible – is rarely responsible for manufacturing a complete product. Generally it is only one link in the value creation chain.
This chain is created either by the addition of half-finished components that are produced separately from the machine, or through line integration, in which different machine generations are connected directly to the respective machines. Today fieldbus systems open up efficient new ways of linking machines to optimize data flow and streamline cabling. In order to provide machine manufacturers with the best possible support, a modern development tool must be able to integrate standard fieldbus systems and offer affordable and direct access for proprietary protocols in the form of libraries.
Incorporation into the machine manufacturer's processes
Even though the development tool plays an important role when automating a machine or system, it is not a central element in the machine manufacturer's process landscape. It must nevertheless be made as simple as possible to incorporate this tool into the processes. The development tool must have an open architecture with individual files in plain text format, and universal access to the programs, data and configuration options of the automation project.
Total value added versus list of features
When development tools are compared with one another, the focus is usually on the individual functions. Conflicting philosophies make a debate based solely on functions pointless. Instead the focus should be on a concept borrowed from economics, the "total value added". This involves consideration of the added value throughout the entire area of use. Doing this opens up new perspectives: Where previously the discussion focused only on the areas of programming and visualisation, this more holistic approach accounts for the entire life cycle of a machine. The development of Automation Studio is guided by the goal of supporting machine manufacturers in the implementation of an idea, which means through all stages of the life cycle.
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