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Mitsubishi Electric Automation's Redundant Control System

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 10:22

Automation can be a key to higher efficiency but if the system fails, the entire production line can crash. In this case, redundancy may be just what a company needs. Mitsubishi Electric Automation complements its integrated control platform Series iQ-R with a superfluous function module to create a redundant process management system for applications that require highly reliable control. The process CPU of the new Series iQ-R/Redundant System is designed for industrial applications in oil and gas, water management and process automation in manufacturing operations, as well as in manufacturing processes that require high availability to guarantee continuous production. The system ensures close to 100 percent operability to prevent costly and harmful interruptions. The system can manage emergency stops and processes that require strict synchronization to avoid potential bottlenecks.

Among its main characteristics, the redundant control system of the Series iQ-R includes multiple-level redundancy thus reducing single-point failures, high availability in multiple levels to improve the system’s reliability, extensive visualization and data acquisition with SCADA MC Works64 of Mitsubishi Electric and easy configuration with an integrated engineering system, GX Works3.

“The redundant controller in the new Series iQ-R can reduce damage and unscheduled stops in production when a controller fails,” says Deana Fu, Product Manager of Mitsubishi Electric Automation. “Engineers and plant managers can be at peace knowing that with Mitsubishi’s redundant system, the plant’s critical operations will continue without significant efficiency losses or inferior production quality.”

“The redundant controller in the new Series iQ-R can reduce damage and unscheduled stops in production when a controller fails,” says Deana Fu, Product Manager of Mitsubishi Electric Automation. “Engineers and plant managers can be at peace knowing that with Mitsubishi’s redundant system, the plant’s critical operations will continue without significant efficiency losses or inferior production quality.”

The integrated design of the Series iQ-R allows managers to consolidate all production lines into a single control rack. The system can hold up to four CPUs per rack in any combination of sequences or control processes. In addition, controllers can be mixed and standardized in a single platform, simplifying spare part inventory.