Four steps to modular automation
Step 1: Mechanical and functional modularisation
First, the manufacturing process is broken down into subprocesses and for every subprocess there is a specific module. This includes all mechanical and automation technology components that are required for autonomous operation.
Step 2: Modularising automation
Every module includes its own decentralised controller, remote IO components and pneumatic controls, and all aspects of their functionality are programmed. And of course it also has all the process sensors and actuators.
Step 3: Coordinating the complete system
After the modules have been connected to form a process-based system, each module makes its specific functionality available over a data interface that is standardised according to MTP. The operating mode, status, process measurement values, etc. can then be read out and/or written. A streamlined process orchestration layer (POL) coordinates the modules’ functions within the system as a whole. The MTP facilitates the seamless integration of the modules.
Step 4: Flexible adjustment of modular systems
Using the modules described, you can build systems in any design you like in order to meet your current needs and requirements simply by flexibly adding modules, i.e. by numbering up instead of scaling up.