MCP is a standard that was co-developed by Rockwell Automation for the automotive industry, but also has potential in other applications with conveyor installations, such as in the pharmaceutical industry.
It is a modular programming and control solution that can be modified and tailored to suit specific applications and is currently deployed in a number of applications around the world.
In some installations it runs complete automotive plants, including facilities management and final assembly.
With an open and modular architecture it can easily interface with other systems, as well as using existing legacy communication buses.
Thanks to the open architecture of the Logix solution, the programmable automation controllers (PAC) are also data agnostic, meaning they can interface with a multitude of third-party devices and networks.
MCP requires a Studio 5000® based PAC Version 16 or higher and is built in the FactoryTalk® View environment.
In this instance, the new installation is running on an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® PAC, which is connected to various Allen-Bradley POINT I/O™ modules via EtherNet/IP™. An Allen-Bradley PanelView™ Plus graphic terminal provides the feedback and operator interactions.
Two Rockwell Automation engineers involved in the project programmed the first series of conveyors in the new installation from scratch in just three and a half days – ramping them up to basic operation and with functional HMIs.
After four and a half days the SI’s engineers took over and in the space of a single weekend were able to get the installation operating in automatic mode – and fully commission it.