Global industrial automation leader Advantech explains the architecture of control systems: the automation system pyramid. The essential idea behind the model is that the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition technology (SCADA) plays an essential role by acquiring and managing information coming from the field. This allows better control and decreases the cost of maintenance by storing and managing all data in a single control room.
SCADA links the top and bottom layers of the automation system pyramid. The Manufacturing Execution System (MES) layer, situated above SCADA, represents the interface between the lower SCADA and HMI layers and the top Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) layer of the pyramid. Because the MES is an interface between the pyramid rows, reliability is essential.
To ensure accuracy, Advantech uses Embedded Server technology with strict revision control, which guarantees a stable platform for a long period of time. Some key features of server technology are Xeon CPU, ECC Memory, RAID and Redundant Power Supply support. Furthermore, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is being used to monitor the system real-time, get alerts and manage the system from a remote location.
In the bottom layers of the pyramid, HMI must be present to allow the exchange of information between machines and operators. By creating a unique Graphical User Interface (GUI) for all the operators in the production line, SCADA systems allow users to perform operations in an efficient and effective way.The diversity of plant topology requires flexible HMI systems and strong, yet supple equipment, which can operate in harsh environments (both from the temperature point of view and from electric environment point of view).
Advantech is able to deliver complete solutions, from operator interfaces, to high computational power IPC, as well as reliable and transparent communication solutions for the SCADA and MES layers of the pyramid.
All the architecture depicted needs a reliable communication layer that must be transparent (no interference with devices communications) and reliable (communication infrastructure is the backbone on which all the devices are connected, a communication issue can interfere with all the pyramid functionality).
Advantech Europe BV, Industrial Automation Group – The Industrial Automation Group (IAG) of Advantech Corporation is a pioneer in intelligent Automation technology.
By combining connectivity, flexibility, ruggedness and being at the leading-edge of the Internet of Things technology, IAG offers product solutions like Intelligent HMI platforms, Industrial Ethernet, Wireless Communication, Automation Controllers, Automation Software, Embedded Automation Computers, Distributed I/O Modules, Wireless Sensor Network Solutions, Plug-in I/O, and Industrial Communication for a wide array of industries.
With 30 of years experience in providing a full range of products to different vertical markets, the Industrial Automation Group is among leading automation providers, globally.