The final word
Finally, the installation of PROFI-enabled safety gate switches provided an unprecedented level of diagnostic coverage for the Ravenhead plant. Engineers could use standard internet browsers to access diagnostic displays which provided accurate topology views of the network for rapid fault detection. This form of fault detection drastically decreased the level of production downtime, while allowing authorised personnel to access network displays remotely, meaning engineers could diagnose system faults without being on site.
“The development of a comprehensive PROFINET network enabled quick and secure data exchange, meaning this state-of-the-art production line could utilise production data to increasingly improve productivity.
By investing in a PROFINET network and connecting associated field devices, such as safety interlocks, Ibstock Brick are now able to make significant improvements in the way the Ravenhead plant is controlled, monitored and managed.”