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Industrial Automation



Extensions to the System

The “Movement Controller” software may also be extended to the total control of a system incorporating over-head vacuum cranes, tray-handling cranes, vertical carousels, automatic-guided vehicles, and people instructed via radio terminals as well as heavy-unit-load and carton conveyors, palletisers, pick-to-light systems and stacker cranes.

Support for each sub-system includes:

  • Inclusion of the sub-system on the system overview and zoomed displays,
  • Specialised screens to present the status of the sub-systems and to control them, with (providing the sub-system is suitably programmed) the provision for manual control. Also displayed on these screens are explanations of how the automatic system is making use of the sub-system,
  • Inclusion, in the alarms and operator actions log, of alarms from, and operator actions upon, these sub-systems, (see the Operator's Manual sections Event Log Historic Report, and Archive List of Events to Floppy Disc)
  • Inclusion, in the load movements log, of movements into and out of these sub-systems, (see the Operator's Manual sections Load Log Historic Report, and Archive Load Movements to Floppy Disc)
  • Simulation of these sub-systems,
  • The display and adjustment of the memory of the PLC, providing the communications protocol of the sub-system is suitable. The symbol of the data element at the cursor may be automatically displayed, providing the sub-system is based on Allen-Bradley PLC-5 or SLC-500 controllers and the program is supplied and documented, (see Monitoring PLC Data and Program)
  • The display of the PLC ladder program, with animation and symbols providing the sub-system is based on Allen-Bradley PLC-5 or SLC-500 controllers and the program is supplied and documented, (see Monitoring PLC Data and Program)
  • Display of the communications to the sub-systems with optional logging and reporting. (see the Operator's Manual section Monitor idunications)