For several years now, a modular plant structure has been seen as the key to greater flexibility in production. A whole plant is composed of several self-sufficient machine modules. Should the production process change or productivity increase, one or more modules may be exchanged or identical modules can be added. So it is possible to react flexibly to individual customer requirements!

As a result, modularisation and decentralisation are two of the most important success factors en route to the future of automation. We need solutions that can distribute and guarantee control intelligence, making it easier for users to handle the networking of multiple control systems. Such a solution is available from Pilz with the automation system PSS 4000.

Distributed intelligent systems – Automation system PSS 4000

Whereas in classic automation a standalone, centralised control system monitors the plant or machine and processes all the signals, the automation system PSS 4000 allows control functions to be distributed consistently. The aim of the automation system PSS 4000 is to simplify the decentralisation of control functionalities and still maintain clarity of operation.

Control functionalities can “migrate” into individual mechatronic modules. As a result, plant and machinery can be broken down into clear, independently operating modules. According to the same principle, even the control program and the visualisation can be divided into the smallest unit. Thanks to the uniform design, machine elements and modules as well as data are easy to reuse.

You can program your distributed automation project for safety and automation using the software PAS4000. This enables simple, standardised handling across the whole project. This reduces possible sources of faults and shortens the engineering times.