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Visualization and control of the production line used for the manufacture of soundproofing materials for the automotive industry at VEST-IZOL

The VEST-IZOL company is a world-famous producer of soundproofing materials used in the automotive industry. In 1995, VEST-IZOL was bought by the German company STANKIEWICZ GmbH, which belongs to the PHOENIX A.G. transnational company. Since the beginning of 1995 with 18 employees, the company has grown to more than 350 professionals in the field of the automotive industry.


VEST-IZOL is a supplier of soundproofing products for middle and luxury class vehicles including sports and commercial vehicles for AUDI, BMV, VW, Skoda Auto, Seat, MAN, Scania, Opel, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Nissan, and many other brands.


VEST-IZOL's soundproofing products have become very popular among consumers – they are sold in Europe, Asia, North and South America.


A new system for the visualization and control of the line used for the production of soundproofing materials was put into service at the end of 2001. The first implementation of the Reliance SCADA system provided the control of the process oil levels in two oil tanks. Through the years, the entire SCADA system was extended and upgraded with new components, subsystems, and technologies. In 2004 a brand new extensive control system was installed to provide the control and monitoring of most processes and states including power, gas, and heat consumption.


For data transfer, the following communication types are now used


  • Modbus RTU and EpsNet over RS-485
  • Modbus TCP/IP over Ethernet
  • Profibus DP, MPI
  • OPC servers SIMATIC MPI, WinCC

According to the needs of individual users (from service engineers to top management), the system can be divided into the following six parts:


  • Production systems
  • Auxiliary systems
  • Tanks
  • Power engineering
  • Monitoring of systems
  • Service feature


Production systems

Reliance's visualization windows allow displaying, for example, production lines or a production machine. Each window provides the display and control of many parameters (e.g., temperature, pressure, level, weight). Reliance SCADA can also monitor and control chemical dosing used during the production process. All these parameters can be displayed via trends, reports, and custom reports.


Visualization of the blending machine

Visualization of the blending machine



Visualization of the process-oil weighing machine

Visualization of the process-oil weighing machine



Auxiliary systems

This section was created in order to be able to monitor the nonproductive systems, which are very important for the production process. It provides the monitoring of:


  • Thermal oil heating
  • Steam production
  • Compression system unit
  • Air compression
  • Water quality
  • Water cooling system


Visualization of thermal oil heating

Visualization of thermal oil heating



Visualization of the water cooling system

Visualization of the water cooling system



The thermal oil heater

The thermal oil heater



Tanks

The SCADA system was also extended to control supplies of raw materials stored in the tanks. Reliance provides the control of:


  • Processing oil supplies
  • Calcite supplies
  • Light fuel oil supplies
  • Thermal oil supplies


Visualization of the tanks with processing oil

Visualization of the tanks with processing oil



Visualization of the tank with light fuel oil

Visualization of the tank with light fuel oil



Power engineering

A very important part of the SCADA-based control system is the control of power consumption. The control system provides the control of:


  • Energy consumption
  • Load shedding
  • Gas and heat consumption


Load shedding control

Load shedding control



Visualization of the trends displaying the electrical substation's power consumption

Visualization of the trends displaying the electrical substation's power consumption



Monitoring of systems

The control system provides the control of the factory and administration buildings. The Reliance SCADA system is used to monitor:


  • Air-conditioning in each factory building
  • Heating in each factory building
  • Heating in each administration building


Service feature

Reliance also provides the control of the SCADA system service features. For example, the system can display a window with communication stations. Another feature is SMS Operator, which automatically sends information via text and email messages to clients' cell phones or email addresses. These messages are sent using the predefined settings in the Reliance system. They are are used to warn the personnel of any emergency condition or leakage of raw materials.



System topology

The number of computers connected to the system indicates the extensiveness of this SCADA-based control system. The following pictures display the topology of all computers connected to the Industrial Ethernet network and systems with the Profibus, Epsnet, and Modbus protocols.


Industrial Ethernet topology

Industrial Ethernet topology



PROFIBUS-DP topology

PROFIBUS-DP topology



EPSNET topology

EPSNET topology



MODBUS topology

MODBUS topology



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