Taking a look at security and reliability within the area of building and process automation, it is obvious that a lot has happened, also though the changed legislation. Outdated technology and worn-out switching devices are dangerous for users and personnel and have to be replaced, modernised or repaired for the purpose of safe operation.
The requirements on the functionality of machines and plants have changed considerably. Plant operators demand the logging of individual processes. The input of parameters shall not be performed by the operator but by a superordinate control centre.
Spare parts and service, construction sizes and specifications have changed and it will be more and more difficult to procure spare parts for older plants. Software updates are not supported by older CPUs anymore and current requirements cannot be integrated into the outdated software.
The retrofit module ems4.RF01E enables the efficient extension, refurbishment and repair of existing DIGICONTROL PCD 1-, PCD 2-, PCD 4-, PCD 1.NT, Saia PCD1, PCD2 and PCD4- automation systems while reusing the existing I/O automation hardware. Only the CPU module will be exchanged.
The switch cabinet control and the existing building management system can be kept. The costs for the reconstruction are much lower as only the required automation station modules have to be replaces/extended instead of replacing the complete system.
Savings of up to 45% when using DIGICONTROL Retrofit are realistic.
The use of the ems4.RF01E is recommended if new functions and requirements have to be implemented in an existing DIGICONTROL automation system without replacing the existing hardware.
There are versatile applications:
Replacement of existing Saia PCD technology
Communication interface for the integration in existing DIGICONTROL systems
The DIGICONTROL Retrofit module ems4.RF01E enables the connection of ems automation stations to older types of input/output cards (I/O cards) in existing plants.