Energy data management
Any efficient energy management system is based on automated energy data recording. Easy-to-view displays and analyses are a key criterion, as is the capability to identify potential savings. To implement long-term energy data management in order to enable a continuous improvement process, the international ISO 50001 norm provides a flexible framework. The water/sewage sector has the ATV A 216 guidelines.
For plant builders and companies with automated production, deploying historian software offers a long-term solution for supplying the energy management system with data. The new ACRON8 software generation deals with next year's challenges. New ideas and technologies aim to make it easier for our clients to process and analyse plant-wide process data in an integrated and interactive manner. ACRON8 provides the option to prepare key data so that managers and decision makers have access to informative, easy-to-understand reports.
With our ISO 50001 TÜV certification we have, yet again, upgraded these cross-sector applications. Whether meeting environmental management requirements under ATV A 216 ISO 14001, the stringent water/sewage requirements, or the 21 CFR Part 11 FDA regulations in the pharmaceuticals sector.
ACRON8 complies with all the norms and it is a simple energy data management tool for users.
With the increase in automation system networking as well as “Industry 4.0” requirements, companies in the manufacturing and process sector and the companies who make the plant and equipment in use frequently face new IT security challenges. Networking and high-level communication between IT systems are quickly finding their way into production processes. Given these connections, existing plant increasingly needs to be integrated directly into management systems.
This is based on the Industrial Ethernet. PROFINET, Ethernet/IP or EtherCAT are being deployed for this purpose, along with modifications and upgrades for controlling and automating plant. On the one hand this makes production completely transparent and, on the other, this also means that all the systems are linked to a network. Strictly separated networks for data sharing no longer have any place in production plant.
So the assumption that production plant is not connected to the Internet is no longer true. Connecting production plant and its control units to the office IT or via the Internet not only offers companies benefits through manufacturing being continually optimised and made more flexible — it involves many risks, too. So efficiently protecting production plant against cyberattacks, internal manipulation and faulty configurations is a growing challenge.
Industry Risk Management Automation
IRMA is an industrial computer system for identifying and blocking cyberattacks in production networks. IRMA continuously monitors your production plant, provides information about cyberattacks, and enables analyses and intelligent alarm systems using a simple management console. In this way, immediate action can be taken to halt the attack or to effectively mitigate its effects.
This is also something which the German Federal Ministry for the Interior has laid down in the IT Security Act. For more on this: http://www.bmi.bund.de/EN/Home/home_node.html;jsessionid=252FF8FA0610FF5DE35B15B821011CD2.2_cid287
- 40 percent of global value creation is now based on information and communication technology.
- In the future, having secure, robust data infrastructures will play a key role in determining whether a location is competitive or not.
- The German government's measures intend to ensure that Germany is one of the world's most digitally secure regions.
- This can be achieved if the government, business, academia and the public all make an effort.
- German government: the cyber-security strategy and its ongoing implementation are creating a basis for ensuring high quality cyber-security.
- Identify where action is required: Close collaboration between the government, academia and business.
- International agreement: Ongoing discussions amongst the international community.
- Legislation: For critical infrastructures, a minimum level of IT security needs to be laid down by law as a public service.
ost of the transmission channels that are available between processes in geographically remote locations are vulnerable and non-standardised. Remote control technology enables these processes to communicate efficiently. It uses different communication channels to temporarily store data and to identify any faults that might occur.
The GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) wireless service offers an inexpensive, secure, effective solution to any application which shares data with distributed locations. This data transmission system revolves around the standing connection and charging for the data packets that are shared. Based on these services, a data communication platform has been developed which is extremely well suited to this type of communication and which gives users maximum convenience and security.
The ODP (Open Data Port) platform enables users to openly communicate with different SPSs, automation and measurement systems using GPRS, DSL and Ethernet. Either the data is sent online or it comes as historic values with a timestamp. ODP is a new concept in open, secure, transparent data management with full cost and connection control. Features include the ability to connect to different manufacturers, including in a mixed structure, and user-friendly project planning.
The platform has a top-down design, i. e. all the key central functions are provided from the control unit. This is in order to provide the best possible communication and cost control and to optimise the service area. As a sector-neutral solution, ODP can be deployed in a conventional remote control system (environment and energy technology), but also in sectors such as energy data recording, transport technology, buildings technology, object protection, etc.
IoT – Internet of Things
In the future there will be billions of devices connected to, and communicating with, one another. A study by Gartner Inc.'s market researchers shows that, by 2020, the number of connected devices is set to triple compared with this year.
This will enable data to be measured with great precision, and to be collected and analysed in real time. This will mean that companies will be far more able to micro-manage. They will have an overview and control over more and more objects and processes within their business. Data sharing between devices will enable self-organising production processes so that everyday working life is made more convenient.
The IoT is opening up almost unlimited opportunities and can be applied in almost any sector. It offers the ideal solution for making production flows more transparent and more efficient, and for saving resources.
Industry is on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution. To be able to remain competitive, a solution is required to make production processes more flexible and efficient over the long term. Increasing productivity is the overriding goal, and this objective can be achieved using innovative automation and industry software. The aim is to benefit from optimising production plant and making the best possible use of resources.
However, as industry develops there are greater challenges for clients, too. They are demanding bespoke offerings and high quality products. These are what need to be provided.
The digitalisation of industry is causing the virtual and real worlds to merge. The aim is to enable long-term monitoring, quality assurance and control in the production area, in particular. This needs to be ensured so that smooth production flows can be guaranteed.
Constant product quality assurance plays a crucial role in the pharmaceuticals sector. Flexibility and efficiency are also key issues.
The pharmaceuticals sector is currently undergoing major changes. It has always been characterised by strict regulations and patent protection, but competition is increasing as patents expire. Now, to cope with this pressure, innovative ideas are required. The software solutions we offer the pharmaceuticals sector have highly effective quality assurance systems that incorporate laboratory data.
Our software can help you bring new products to market as quickly as possible and document their quality. It also supports compliance with requirements such as those in 21 CFR Part 11 FDA with eSignatures and batch reports.
As a result of the increased use of data and automation technologies, data volumes are also growing. The cloud offers an efficient way to store data and make it mobile. Various services are also available which can be used to process and analyse the data.
The data can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, using a web browser without installing anything on the terminal.
For the most part, server infrastructures remain unused and require substantial investment. In the cloud, on the other hand, all the services are leased, so users only pay for the capacities and applications that they actually use. Cloud providers are also responsible for data security and they guarantee that their technology is always the very latest. The client is relieved of a burden and benefits from maximum convenience.