DMC to Present at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit

DMC to Present at the 2019 Siemens Automation Summit

The annual Siemens Automation Summit is one of our most anticipated events each year. The conference brings together fellow Siemens Solution Partners and hundreds of manufacturing professionals who use Siemens automation technologies.

The 2019 Siemens Automation Summit will be held from June 17 - 20 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, CO, near DMC's Denver office

This year's Automation Summit features over 50 user-led presentations and trainings sharing industry innovations and best practices. DMC is proud to deliver the following presentations at this year's event.

If you're attending the Automation Summit, stop by these sessions led by DMC!

Flexibility and Standardization Using Dynamic IO Addressing and Option Handling - David Berno
Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 1:00 PM
Room: Red Rock 7

Advanced manufacturing of the 21st century requires the ability to commission automated lines efficiently and to adapt to manufacturing changes with agility. The S7-1500 platform is ideally suited to meet these needs. 

This presentation will dive into solutions that DMC developed that fully leverage S7’s hardware and development flexibility to create efficient and agile manufacturing deployments. Our customer required a solution that allowed end users to create standard wiring schemes that could be updated in the field without programmers.

We will demonstrate how we achieved this using TIA Portal Extended Addressing instructions to dynamically update IO addresses used in program modules. Additionally, utilizing Option Handling we were able to create a standard program with a variety of hardware options that could be deployed quickly. Learn to leverage TIA Portal flexibility to create a better-standardized solution for your application.  

Auto Code Generation and Rapid Brewery/Distillery Automation - Ryan Landwehr
Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 10:00 AM
Room: Red Rock 7

The Siemens Brewing Template is a TIA Portal based auto code generation tool developed in conjunction with Siemens. This presentation will highlight the use of Openness, Simatic Visualization Architect (SiVArc), and S7 Graph to auto-generate and link control modules on a PLC and HMI. We will also elaborate on how to use these tools outside of the brewing world for any application.

Additionally, we will illustrate the full development cycle of a project, starting with a Microsoft Excel document and a global library, and finishing with a fully functional project. With over a year in operation, DMC will also discuss Brewing Template success stories such as the complete automation of a craft distillery in Dallas, TX. 

Multi-site WinCC 7 Development with Centralized Process Historian & Information Server - John Michael Frullo
Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 9:00 AM
Room: Red Rock 7

Developing a single SCADA application can be a time-consuming process. Expanding this effort across multiple plants nationwide with the desire for centralized data and reporting service can make this task even more daunting.

Luckily, with WinCC 7, we can take advantage of key features that facilitate the rapid development and standardization of projects across multiple locations. Additionally, the Process Historian and Information Server can be utilized for long-term data storage and automated reporting across all sites from a central location.

Come learn about the tools DMC used to modernize a client’s legacy SCADA into a multi-site WinCC 7 installation that collects information from a variety of PLCs, ranging from legacy TI-505’s and S7-300’s to modern S7-1200’s and S7-1500’s. This data is seamlessly passed through redundant servers and on to the central data storage and reporting center. See how these tools could help you with your next SCADA project! 

Dynamic and Scalable Systems Using WinCC OA - Leon Grossman
Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 3:00 PM
Room: Red Rock 9

Siemens WinCC OA provides an extremely flexible and scalable platform that is broadly applicable across industries, especially when scalability is a factor. We’ve used it for manufacturing, pharmaceutical, automotive, and, in this case, defense. RT&T operates the National RADAR Test Facility for the US Air Force.

The high-risk nature of this application requires both high availability and ease of diagnostics in case of system faults. These requirements utilized the system’s native redundancy and the strong customization capabilities of WinCC OA’s scripting language.

This solution utilizes reusable objects built on the new CTRL++ (object-oriented) development concepts released in the latest versions of WinCC OA along with tight integration to PLC data structures to create self-configuring objects to adapt as the system grows and changes. This allowed us to create a system that was easy to use but still contained rich information for the user. The new CTRL++ design allowed for modifying the visualization of objects while maintaining the same core scripting behind objects.

The mission-critical nature of the system required the use of WinCC OA’s redundancy feature to ensure that all test articles are secured properly even in the case of network or server issues. This redundancy even includes both servers operating independently in case of a catastrophic break in the network backbone. Finally, we were able to leverage the open connectivity of WinCC OA’s driver stack to integrate a holistic system with several different data sources and targets.

Finally, we were able to leverage the open connectivity of WinCC OA’s driver stack to integrate a holistic system with several different data sources and targets.

How to Take Your Siemens PLC to Industry 4.0 - James Condon
Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 4:00 PM
Room: Red Rock 8

Agri-Inject is a leading manufacturer of fertigation equipment whose clients have equipment that is spread across hundreds of square miles. Using S7-1200s DMC developed a solution that allows Agri-Inject’s PLCs to have monitoring and control from an end user’s computer or phone.

DMC was already familiar with IoT applications through our other service offerings, but we had not applied IoT principles to PLCs. We found that outside of PLCs that the MQTT protocol is lightweight and widely adopted by cloud solutions providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. Siemens PLCs do not currently have a driver for bidirectional MQTT communication, but they do allow for custom TCP communication.

We wrote a MQTT driver to run on S7-1200 and S7-1500 PLCs that is capable of bidirectional communication with a centralized server. Agri-Inject’s S7-1200 PLCs are now capable of communicating over MQTT to a service hosted on Azure. Users of Agri-Inject’s system are capable of managing their equipment through an intuitive web page, which was also developed by DMC. This gives users of Agri-Inject’s equipment more time to focus on other tasks and puts Agri-Inject ahead of their competitors. The technology stack developed for Agri-Inject is extensible and has already been applied to other projects. We have also made the S7-1200/1500 MQTT driver publicly available.

We hope to see you at the Siemens Automation Summit in June!

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