VBASE closes the gap between production and administration
The operation of the plant was realized with two touch panel computers as operating stations at the loading and unloading facilities and a central server in the control room. The VBASE process control system is used as software for designing the user interface and managing the data. Both operator stations are connected to the server via Ethernet. The server is in turn connected via Ethernet to two PLC controls of the plant control system. The loading station consists of a touch panel PC with VBASE user interface.
Here, the user selects the SAP article number from a table, based on the article master of the SAP system, for the product to be loaded. With the help of filter functions, the correct article numbers can be found quickly. As soon as a new article number is selected, another layer of bricks is written into the data structure with each cycle of the loading gripper. When the kiln car is completely loaded, the data is stored in a database on the server and is now linked to the unique kiln car number for the rest of the production process.
The connection of the system controls (PLC) as well as the central article database was realized on the server. The server also transmits the data required for the loading and unloading stations, determines the quantities produced and logs all article data. In addition, the server serves as an operating station for the central product query in the control room. With the aid of various process diagrams, it is possible to display the kiln cars of the entire plant or in detail for individual tracks or to view the occupancy of each individual car. In an area protected by passwords, it is possible to change the assignment of the kiln cars manually if this should be necessary due to incorrect entries or plant malfunctions. You can also view all protocols here.
Die Entladestation ist mit dem zweiten Touch-Panel PC, der ebenfalls mit VBASE arbeitet, ausgestattet. Auf dem Bildschirm werden wahlweise die Ofenwagen der Entladegleise, sowie der momentan zu entladenden Ofenwagen visualisiert. Kommt es zu einem Produktwechsel, werden die Mengen des fertig gestellten Artikels zusammen mit den Artikelnummern und weiteren Produktionsdaten aufgezeichnet.
The VBASE-based system closes the gap between the production plant and the SAP system in administration. The location and status of certain articles can be determined very quickly at any time. Production quantities are now recorded more precisely than before and the transfer of production data has been significantly simplified and thus accelerated.