Control system for smaller plants

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Mitsubishi Electric and ME-Automation Projects have launched a distributed control system, the PMSX micro, designed for smaller scale applications. PMSX micro runs on a single industrial computer and delivers control technology in an inexpensive and easily engineered package.

PMSX micro is available in two formats: a conventional tower PC with a separate 22in monitor, or a panel PC with an integrated 21.5in HD display. The system displays a status overview of the entire plant using process graphics, and provides a graphical interface for operators to examine details and make alterations as required.

When alarms occur, the operator can navigate directly to the relevant process graphic, allowing a rapid and appropriate response to production events. The system also records events and messages in a database, allowing process flows to be traced in the event of production problems or following changes to the plant. The system includes built in maintenance functions, as well as a range of analysis options to help operators understand process data and improve plant performance.

PMSX micro has been developed for machines, processes and plants that could benefit from the functionality of a distributed control system but where the cost and complexity of a full-scale system has been difficult to justify.

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