Out with the old and in with the new – our team recently delivered a complete control system upgrade for a client in the brick manufacturing industry!
The first part of the project was to replace an ageing control system with obsolete Siemens S5-155U processor and multiple racks, which was upgraded to the new S7-1500 based platform. As part of this stage the existing SCADA system was replaced with a new decentralised system utilising Ignition SCADA.
A Weidmuller 24VDC UPS system was also installed to ensure critical process equipment maintained control during any power dips.
The second stage was to replace and relocate an operator control cabinet and convert existing relay logic to PLC control utilising the Siemens ET200 platform. The existing operator controls were migrated to a new Siemens panel PC interface running as an Ignition SCADA client.
The entire project was completed during a shutdown window with many late nights of commissioning, with everything delivered on time and with minimal interruptions to production.