Mitsubishi Electric Europe, SEEIM - issue 1, 2012
MAPS dramatically reduces your engineering effort and costs throughout the life cycle of the plant
Engineers looking to develop and deliver integrated SCADA systems, and then operate and maintain those systems over a lifetime that could see many ongoing alterations and upgrades, will understand the difficulties of maintaining consistency and integrity. But users of Mitsubishi Electric PLCs and Adroit Technologies SCADA packages have a solution in the form of Mitsubishi Adroit Process Suite (MAPS).
Designed to offer a fully integrated design, engineering and management tool, MAPS can significantly reduce automation system lifecycle engineering effort and costs, offering savings of up to 50%. It delivers tightly integrated SCADA and PLC solutions built around pre-configured and tested engineering libraries, builds in a full suite of diagnostics and maintenance tools, and integrates full document management capabilities that help users to maintain ‘as built‘ quality documentation throughout the lifecycle of the plant. MAPS adds value throughout all the phases of the automation system project, from process design to engineering, development of the control systems, installation, commissioning, start-up and acceptance testing, all the way through to operations, maintenance, repairs and ongoing upgrades. It supports consistency and integrity right across the automation system, and improves quality while reducing cost. MAPS is a step change in the way a complex plant is designed, installed and maintained, with a streamlined approach that drives down costs and boosts productivity. It builds on Adroit’s object-oriented SCADA software that provides unrivalled openness, features scalability and extensibility and delivers tight integration with Mitsubishi Electric PLC-based automation systems, while addressing the shortcomings of traditional integration tools which fail to maintain system integrity as the project evolves.
The MAPS methodology allows automation systems to be built around pre-configured and tested engineering libraries of PLC function blocks and associated SCADA graphics. This standarized approach to projects reduces engineering time and effort throughout all the phases of development, delivery and operations. The wizard based approach to project development allows cost reductions of between 30% and 50% to be achieved by reducing the time spent on development and configuration. MAPS also provides integrated diagnostics and maintenance tools that significantly boost system availability.
Where different engineers, different project teams or even different companies are involved in the project across its full lifecycle, MAPS helps to ensure that optimum efficiency of the automation system is maintained - from the design phases to the ongoing operations phase which will often see the system evolve beyond its initial specification - by providing an integrated document management solution that maintains ‘as built‘ quality documentation. The system reflects up-to-date configuration information, and ensures that with every change in the design the project databases and documentation are synchronized. MAPS also offers the ability to centrally back-up a project.
MAPS is a further example of how Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory Alliance is providing customers with enhanced solutions built around its own core product technologies combined with the market leading technologies of partner companies.
MAPS provides a streamlined lifecycle approach for complex plants that drives down costs and boosts productivity. The program has unrivalled openness, features scalability and extensibility and delivers tight integration with Mitsubishi Electric PLC-based automation systems.
Designed to offer a fully integrated design, engineering and management tool, MAPS can significantly reduce automation system lifecycle engineering effort and costs, offering savings of up to 25%. (Details you will find in the separate document background information.)
MAPS provides a structured lifecycle engineering approach in process applications using Mitsubishi Electric PLCs along with SCADA solutions from the market leader in South Africa, Adroit Technologies.
MAPS provides a wizard that can be used to generate PLC and SCADA projects automatically, saving a significant amount of time during the engineering and configuration phases. It also ensures a structured system design and makes routine lifecycle system maintenance much easier.
MAPS supports consistency and integrity right across the automation system throughout its lifecycle, from process design and engineering through installation and commissioning to maintenance and set-up.
About Adroit Technologies
Adroit Technologies has been developing industrial real-time software since 1983. With over 15,000 seats in over 15 different countries, its products can be found in almost every industry. The company focuses on delivering ‘Solutions Focused SCADA Software’ and has three principal products: SCADA, Alarm Management and Analysis software, and SCADA Intelligence. These solutions are designed to work together to offer easy-to-use data acquisition, visualisation and the associated productivity tools that allow customers to drive up productivity through improved process insight.
Further information: www.adroit.co.za
About Mitsubishi Electric
With 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE: 6503 / ISIN JP3902400005) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, as well as in products for the energy sector, water and waste water, transportation and building equipment.
With around 106.000 employees the company recorded consolidated group sales of 26,6 billion Euro in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Our sales offices, research & development centres and manufacturing plants are located in over 30 countries. Since 1978 Mitsubishi Electric has its German base in Ratingen near Dusseldorf. The wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan, manages sales, service and support for nine Division in many European countries.
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