IADP: Improving Productivity Automation Systems Design Process

Overview of the Initiative

The Manufacturing Technology Platform entitled, Industrial Automation Design Process has, a straightforward objective, to improve the efficiency and productivity of the industrial automation design process.

Partners from within three IMS Regions are included in this initiative and the total project budget is well over the per $1 million US threshold.  The project has already begun and will last until December 2010.

The Industrial Automation Design Process Manufacturing Technology Platform is led by O3neida Europe, and includes members of the MEDEIA FP7 project consortium from Europe and Switzerland as well as the participation of the US – based OMAC, the Automation Federation, and ISA.

Each of the MTP partners brings their own expertise to the Project team, and each partner will undertake specific tasks within the project.

O3neida Europe will manage the project.  O3neida Europe management has direct experience in the management of IMS projects and O3neida Europe is also a MEDEIA project partner.  Through O3NEIDA, O3neida Europe has an existing MOU with ISA in place for standards and publications.

O3neida Europe will also supply a form of technology incubator through its 4DIAC project that is developing a runtime platform reference implementation within the IEC 61499 standard.  03neida Europe will also supply an IEC 61499, standards compliant execution model through its Compliance Profiles Working Group.

The MEDEIA Consortium will conduct extensive research and development of automation components which are the central element in the effort to improve productivity and the efficiency of the industrial design process.  The MEDEIA Consortium includes as members: Profactor (project manager); ACIN, Technology University of Vienna; Shunk Robotics; Logicals; MCM; Polimi; SUPSI; and O3neida Europe which also includes a cluster of firms from the Italian machine tool builders sector and the packaging sector.

SUPSI of Switzerland is a MEDEIA Consortium project partner and an experienced IMS project participant and manager.  SUPSI will also work closely with O3neida Europe in designing, executing, and analyzing surveys and data from a variety of industrial partners in Europe, the USA, and beyond in order to determine the specifications required for automation components design.

The OMAC Users Group was formed in 1994 as an organization for companies to work together and:

  • Collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies.
  • Promote OMAC development among control technology providers and OMAC adoption among end users, OEMs, and system integrators
  • Act as a repository for OMAC requirements and operating experience from users, software developers, hardware builders and OEMs in manufacturing applications
  • Facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry- and government-developed technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements, and
  • Collaborate with users groups around the world in pursuit of common international technology guidelines.

OMAC currently operate three Working Groups:

  • Packaging Machinery,
  • Manufacturing Infrastructure, and
  • Machine Tool.

These groups lead the way in producing consensus guidelines to improve flexibility, improve capability, and reduce system integration costs.

OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM’s, and technology providers and integrator companies. These members include companies with vested interest in developing and implementing open control technologies for manufacturing applications.

Founded in 1945, ISA is a leading, global, non-profit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.

The purpose of the ISA88 Working Group is to provide standards and recommend practices as appropriate for the design and specification of batch control systems as used in the process control industries.

The Group’s scope is defined as providing guidelines for the design and specifications of batch control systems.

This will draw from (and supplement) existing standards and recommended practices of ISA and other organizations.

Subjects that will be considered for inclusion by this committee are:

  • 1. To define terminology specific to batch control systems that will encourage understanding between manufacturers and users.
  • 2. To provide a standard data structure batch control language to simplify the programming, configuration tasks, and communication between the various components of the system.
  • 3. To provide a standard data structure for batch systems that will simplify the task of data communications within the system architecture.
  • 4. To determine a standard batch control architecture that defines both the physical model and the functional model. The physical model is the hierarchical structure that relates control equipment and data communications needed for the physical areas involved in batch control. The functional model shows the relationships between the five types of control recipe management, scheduling, sequential control, regulatory control, and safety interlock systems.

OMAC and the ISA Sp88 Working Group have developed informal standards for industrial automation design in packaging plants, called Build To Pack and Make to Build, which focus on the interoperability of industrial automation equipment in plant applications.  OMAC and the ISA Sp88 Working Group will continue to develop the standards in close collaboration with the MTP project team such that the automation components developed within the MEDEIA Project will be consistent with the OMAC and the ISA Sp88 Working Group informal standards.  The OMAC Pack ML and Pack Tag informal standards have recently been endorsed by ISA as consistent with the ISA WG 88 standards in a recently released technical report.

03neida Europe will conduct an industrial trial with a cluster of already identified Italian-based packaging and machine tool corporations in 2010 to test the developed automation components within actual industrial applications designed in a manner to be consistent with the OMAC and the ISA Sp88 Working Group informal standards referenced above.

From a standards perspective, O3neida Europe will focus on solutions consistent with the IEC 61499 standard, whereas OMAC and the MEDEIA project partner Logicals will focus on solutions consistent with the IEC 61131 standard.

Depending on the results of the initial industry trial, the automation components model developed within MEDEIA might also be tested within as yet unspecified OMAC end user firms.