JSW has commissioned plate punching and marking machines at their plate and rolls mill more than a decade ago and wanted to bring the existing automation system over a digital operations platform that will allow them to manage punching and marking operation thru a single software platform. One of the most challenging aspect of this project was the integration of machines and automation system over a common platform with minimum information available on the existing system and punching/marking machines protocol.
CSI automation and software engineers embarked on a daunting task of gathering and assimilating available information on machines & automation system and design and integrated solution that will support legacy punching & marking machines of various makes, integrate with multiple versions of Siemens PLC and most importantly have an real-time integration with SAP for getting punching/marking operation done thru data available from SAP directly.
The project was successfully deployed and commissioned at the factory. Few highlights of the solution given below:
Machine communication was achieved by implementing integration solution using proprietary protocol of the machines and seamless integration with Siemens WinCC and CSI application
One of the unique feature of the deployed solution was all the functional modules for automated punching and marking operation was delivered as a web-based application for all production units
The solution supported communication with PLCs over both OPC DA and native S7 protocol, communication with machines over serial & ethernet and Rest API based data exchange mechanism with SAP and between operational modules
Capability of defining custom punching and marking templates gave enormous flexibility to JSW in managing customer order specification