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MediaService Digital Industries Newsroom

Data utilization made easy –  Plant manufacturer relies on Siemens technology for power supply and data acquisition

Scott Automation nv is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality automation systems specializing in palletizing plants.

The Belgium-based company Scott specializes in the development and manufacture of palletizers. The new PAL 4.0 development was approached with self-confidence and ambition in equal measure: “We’re one of the few OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) companies worldwide that can offer reliable and safe high-capacity, multi-line palletizing solutions,” explains Mathieu Vandevelde, Automation Engineer Manager at Scott. “With the PAL 4.0, we wanted to push the envelope even further in terms of flexibility and uptime.” In addition to this, Scott also wanted to make more use of the data produced by all the machine components. “Machine components can generate really valuable data. We were confident that, by visualizing that data and sending it to the warehouse management system, we’d gain valuable insights into the machine’s performance,” says Vandevelde. It quickly became clear that, above all, the power supply would be able to provide particularly important data which is why Scott decided to use Siemens Sitop PSU8600 power supplies.

Fully set up for digital transformation

Two of the most important functions of the Siemens technology for Scott are that Sitop supplies comprehensive diagnostic data and operational information from a wide range of sources via Profinet, the open Industrial Ethernet standard. In addition to this, the power supply system is the only one of its kind to be completely integrated into the digital world of automation, thus supporting Scott in making its own plants Industrie 4.0-ready. The Sitop PSU8600 is also completely integrated into the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal engineering framework. The data is therefore backed up and available on a central platform.

Big plans for the future

The Siemens technology also offers integrated safety functions and the option of programming the system remotely. In addition to the Sitop PSU8600, other operational components on the PAL 4.0 include a Human Machine Interface (HMI) panel Simatic HMI TP1200 Comort Pro and other products from the Siemens portfolio. “This project marks the first time we’re using other components as well. The team has been very communicative, and we definitely look forward to integrating more Siemens components into our machines in the future,” summarizes Vandevelde.
A Siemens HMI panel ensures the new PAL 4.0 palletizer is easy to operate.
By using Sitop PSU8600, Scott benefits not only from high safety, flexibility and transparency but also from easy capture and utilization of plant data.
Integral safety functions and integration of the solution into the TIA Portal make handling easier.
Integrating the power supply system into the digital world of automation allows Scott to make the plant Industrie 4.0-ready.
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