Seamless integration of visualisation software and automation hardware

28 February 2012

A co-operation agreement between Mitsubishi and COPA-DATA is said to offer the benefit of seamless data flow between control and visualisation software and automation hardware.

Remote measurement and reporting from field devices is becoming increasingly important in industrial energy and infrastructure projects. However, different protocols are used in difference applications, which can make seamless data flow a difficult task to achieve. By supporting these protocols in existing control systems, engineering time and effort can be reduced, while guaranteeing proven, secure communication technology.

Mitsubishi Electric Europe has teamed up with COPA-DATA to address these issues and to offer customers additional value through the integration of the respective technologies. The seamless integration of Mitsubishi Electric's automation hardware and COPA-DATA's monitoring, control and visualisation software products gives users access to telemetry protocols and helping to achieve remote data collection and processing.

To facilitate simple collection of data and status reports from remote field devices, Mitsubishi Electric's MELSEC Q-Series operates with COPA-DATA's telemetry protocols. Through the porting of straton, the IEC 61131-3 Soft-PLC of COPA-DATA's subsidiary COPALP, to the C Controller CPU of Mitsubishi Electric's iQ Platform, users gain access to a range of drivers and communication protocols.

In particular, the use of the IEC 61850 and IEC 61400-25 standards brings significant
advantages for remote station automation and projects in the renewable energy fields.
straton is fully integrated as a module in COPA-DATA's control and visualization software zenon, enabling efficient configuration. straton and zenon access the same database, providing an integrated solution with the benefits of unrestricted data exchange between PLC programming using straton and the SCADA system which can communicate directly with Mitsubishi's iQ Platform because of the open structure and the object-orientation for HMI and SCADA.

Supplemented with further interfaces to third parties, such as the more than 300 native drivers and communication protocols in zenon, customers benefit from individual and flexible overall solutions from field level to ERP.

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