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.