The project involves the whole brewer kegging plant system including washing, filling and handling sections. Regarding automation, the project is based on the PlantPAx? process control solution from Rockwell Automation, which includes HMIs running FactoryTalk? View SE, Allen-Bradley? ControlLogix? PACs, Allen-Bradley Point I/O, industrial switches Stratix 8000? and Stratix 2000?.
The collaboration between Rockwell Automation and Endress+Hauser, and their business and product development strategies was a good fit in relation to the COMAC Group’s targets. Endress+Hauser, an Encompass and Alliance partner of Rockwell Automation, proposed the use of Promag 53, an electromagnetic flowmeter that features EtherNet/IP capabilities that fully integrate with the Rockwell Automation control solution.
Thanks to this seamless integration and the EtherNet/IP protocol, all the information, including alarms or how many litres of beer fit in a keg, pass through a single source.
And, thanks to Promag 53’s integrated web server, the operator and remote service support can easily access diagnostic data via a Web browser.
Having a single communications infrastructure offers a lot of benefits, first of all the speed of the EtherNet/IP network, but also the ease of wiring and the prompt response to any problem.
The Rockwell Automation PlantPAx solution also provides a single programming environment – RSLogix? 5000 – which negates the need for the configuration keypad on the electromagnetic flowmeter. In fact, the Promag 53 settings can be programmed through RSLogix 5000.