A Texas distillery approached DMC to fully redesign its automation and control system as the distillery underwent a major expansion. DMC was chosen because of its experience in the brewing industry and partnership with Siemens in developing the TIA Portal Brewing Template.
To meet the aggressive customer timeline, DMC leveraged two major tools available with the Siemens Brewing Template. The first tool was Siemens TIA Openness, which allowed DMC to rapidly generate the base control module, or device, layer of the program. By doing this, DMC was able to go from zero to full manual control of devices in a matter of days, as opposed to weeks. The second tool leveraged was SiVarc, which allowed DMC to automatically generate HMI screen objects based off of the control modules created through the Openness utility. The use of SiVarc greatly reduced HMI screen development time, allowing DMC to focus on the less automated portions of development (for example, sequence creation).
To allow for operational flexibility in running and creating new recipes, DMC implemented an S88 software structure to create separation between the equipment and procedural layers. Because of this, the system can be run in three different modes of operation: manual mode, semi-auto, known as, equipment module mode, or full automatic batch control mode.
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