Together with students of Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, IAS Industrial Automation has developed its own Smart Factory. The assignment was to develop a miniature concept of a realistic process that had to be fitted with new technologies such as Profinet and IO-Link. We have now also produced a video of this new configuration.
The Smart Factory demonstrates the process of a waste water treatment plant. The process consists of a bar screen, aerator and a secondary sedimentation tank. The bar screen removes large objects from the water, in this case wooden bars. The water itself, shown in this demonstration with blue and white balls, proceeds to the aerator. The aerator is simulated here with tempex balls and a fan. The secondary sedimentation tank then separates the water from the sludge. Here, the sludge sinks to the bottom and the clean water exits over the rim.
For the Smart Factory, smart sensors from Turck were used, which were linked to ABB System 800xA via an IO-link Master and Profinet. Within 800xA, a Basic Object Library developed in-house at IAS was used. One of the major benefits of this library is that the memory usage in the PLC is much lower than that of comparable libraries. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), such as operating hours and the total number of switchings, are also included as standard.
The Smart Factory can also be operated via an Augmented Reality application. Using the application, QR tags can be scanned with a tablet. Live data for the Smart Factory is then shown on the tablet. The Smart Factory can also be operated with this application.
The Smart Factory will be used for future R&D projects at IAS. With the help of the Smart Factory, new systems and technologies can be extensively tested. The Smart Factory will also be shown at trade fairs and open days.