MITSUBISHI ADROIT PROCESS SUITE (MAPS) 

 HMI – SCADA – LIFE CYCLE MANAGEMENT

Life Cycle Management

As Life Cycle Management starts the day you decide to engineer a new part of your manufacturing process, it is paramount to maintain a solution with increasing returns. Designed to offer a fully integrated management solution, MAPS can significantly reduce lifecycle engineering effort and costs, offering savings of up to 50%.

The MAPS 4 Smart SCADA once again places MAPS at the forefront of the SCADA/HMI market. It reinforces the claim that MAPS is one of the most open, advanced and scalable SCADA platforms on the market.

MAPS version 4 has been optimised for Microsoft Windows 8, which makes it more flexible, simpler, smarter and faster offering no limitations, even for the most advanced users. The design environment is delivered through a familiar and intuitive ribbon toolbar resulting in faster engineering which leads to higher productivity and ultimately reduced cost. The Internet enabled Designer and Operator applications support hosted solutions to support the modern trend towards cloud computing

MAPS adds value throughout all the phases of the automation system project, from process design to engineering, development of the control systems, installation, commissioning, start-up and acceptance testing, all the way through to operations, maintenance, repairs and ongoing upgrades. Unlike traditional SCADA programmes, MAPS delivers a tightly integrated SCADA and PLC solution built around pre-configured and tested engineering libraries, with a built-in full suite of diagnostics and maintenance tools and integrated document management capabilities.

The Technology

MAPS is a 64-bit SCADA system designed for process control, manufacturing systems and open automation applications. MAPS 4.0 is developed on the .NET platform and is compatible with various Microsoft operating systems. MAPS 4.0 has a flexible, object-oriented, client server architecture that supports any system from a stand-alone implementation to an installation spanning multiple distributed sites. Microsoft. Net 4 framework and Microsoft SQL Compact form the backbone of the MAPS software architecture. MAPS is built using Adroit’s smart-client technology offering secure web enabled user interfaces. Mitsubishi GX Works 2 is used as PLC Programming Tool.

The Architecture

MAPS is built on a client-server architecture, where the Agent Server (I/O Server) communicates with field devices and performs the Server functions of scanning, logging, alarming and value processing. The Client side (Classic and Smart User lntefaces) provides the capability of configuring, displaying, manipulating and delivering the values in a rich, secure user interface

MAPS SCADA Key Features

Web Enabled Interface

With MAPS 8.0, designing and operating can now be done remotely through the Internet enabled web interface.

One-click Wizard Updates

The Designer interface allows you to update all or selected instances of a wizard used within a project from the master wizard graphic object.

Easier Template Design

Users familiar with the use of Templates will be very pleased with this feature in MAPS

Advanced Logging Options

The existing datalog system has been extended to give you complete control of how you want to log and keep backups of your data. A new Agent, the DBLog agent makes bulk logging to SQL a breeze.

Classic Project Upgrades

Your Classic UI mimics and trends can be upgraded to the new Smart UI system so your past investment is future proof.

Enhanced Project Security

Projects and graphic forms can be password­ protected to prevent unauthorised editing and viewing.

Process Performance Agents (OEE I KPI)

The Agent Server has an all new OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) Agent which can either calculate the OEE or measure  a specific KPI.

Simplified Bulk Configuration

MAPS now also has a simpler bulk configuration utility allowing the user to configure most Adroit Agent Servers from Excel.

New and Enhanced Graphics Libraries

New controls such as gauges, charts and the engineering process. New equipment graphics have also been added to the existing MAPS library.

Real-Time Design Hints and Tips

Intelligent tool tips and programming hints assist users in the design process by explaining best practice and available short cuts.

Navigation Templates

Easy and ready to use Navigation Templates allows the user to build on best-in-class design, making the building of new projects extremely easy.

Brilliant Graphics can be Imported

The MAPS Smart Ul supports the importing of 3rd party xaml graphics such as 3D images and CAD drawings for advanced graphical requirements.

Classic MAPS Project Upgrades

Your Classic Ul mimics and trends can be upgraded to the new Smart Ul system so your past investment is future proof

One Central System Configuration Control

Setup your server, devices, operator, designer and backup and restore settings in one central console.

Life-Cycle Management

As Life Cycle Management starts the day you decide to engineer a new part of your manufacturing process, it is paramount to maintain a solution with increasing returns. Designed to offer a fully integrated management solution, MAPS can significantly reduce lifecycle engineering effort and costs, offering savings of up to 50%. MAPS adds value throughout all the phases of the automation system project, from process design to engineering, development of the control systems, installation, commissioning, start-up and acceptance testing, all the way through to operations, maintenance, repairs and ongoing upgrades. Unlike traditional SCADA programmes, MAPS delivers a tightly integrated SCADA and PLC solution built around pre-configured and tested engineering libraries, with a built-in full suite of diagnostics and maintenance tools and integrated document management capabilities.

Reduced Engineering Costs

Engineering, commissioning and maintenance costs can be reduced considerably by using MAPS. The MAPS library contains pre-assembled modules or templates for doing this. The templates relate to automation objects such as pumps, valves, tanks and flow meters. The faceplate, i.e. the graphic representation, alarms, the data archiving for the object in question, tags for the process control system, including a list of all the digital and analogue inputs and outputs used in the program are included in a template in accordance with the processes displayed in the controller. The result is an efficient PLC program, a process control application in which alarms, trends, data archiving and faceplates are generated along with a list of the inputs and outputs used. By means of collaboration, customer-specific templates can be created.

Secure Remote Access

Modern communication solutions, remote control concepts and flexible data management mean that the plant operators are now able to visualise the status of all the parts of the plant from a central location at any time. All the data required is archived automatically, which has meant dispensing with local data collection costs as plant values are checked remotely. Windows security ensures that only authorised persons are able to access the system by managing users and groups.

Integrated SCADA and PLC Solution

Unlike traditional SCADA programmes, MAPS delivers a tightly integrated SCADA and PLC solution built around preconfigured and tested engineering libraries, with a built-in full suite of diagnostics and maintenance tools and integrated document management capabilities.

Standards Approach to Projects

With pre-defined, user configurable PLC function blocks and associated SCADA graphics that are based on the International S88 and S95 standards, MAPS delivers great value in reducing time and effort in the automation project’s design, testing and commissioning phases.

Single Point of Configuration, Deployment and Management

The MAPS solution is a structured single point of configuration. The MAPS Enterprise Manager allows for bulk engineering and reduced effort through import functions which enables the rapid Configuration of the engineering design, SCADA and PLC project and on-going lifecycle management of the automation solution.

Wizard Approach

Automatically generated PLC and SCADA projects to reduce engineering effort. The wizard approach to projects using MAPS allows users to benefit from the reduced time spent on design and configuration. With cost reductions of between 30% and 50% when using the standardised approach also ensures the on-going ease of maintenance during the plant’s lifecycle.

Windows Security

Windows security ensures that only authorised persons are able to access the system by managing users and groups.

Automatically Generated Reports

MAPS addresses another big shortfall in automation projects through reports that can be generated, covering I/O schedules and PLC and SCADA tag configuration. The project on handover also reflects the “as-built” up to date electrical and instrumention documentation drawings that are aligned to the SCADA tags and PLC I/O. Reports are generated from a database with the view of on-going maintenance, always reflecting the current status of electrical and instrumentation configuration.

On-going Life-Cycle Management

The MAPS solution offers the capability of on-going management of PLC/SCADA and the plants’ “as-built” electrical and instrumentation documentation. Whether tags are changed in the design, PLC, SCADA or MAPS management enviroment, the project ensures that databases and documentation are synchronised. MAPS offers the ability to centrally backup projects.

Compliance to the FDA’s Guidelines

MAPS introduces 21CFR11 mode to create projects that comply with Title 21 CFR Part 11 (21CFR11) of the Code of Federal Regulations, which deals with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines on electronic records and electronic signatures. For projects that have to comply with these FDA regulations, the 21CFR11 mode can be enabled and the implicit security configured and implemented. This includes specifying the values to be audited and/or value changes authenticated.

Benefits of MAPS

  • A reliable data acquisition and visualisation platform
  • Open system that will suit all your business needs
  • Redundant server capability
  • Built-in MES functionality
  • Auditing and configuration management
  • Real-time trending and charts
  • Windows 8 compatibility
  • SNMP Agent monitor IT and automation network
  • Greater performance and flexibility
  • Higher engineering productivity
  • Advanced graphics capability
  • Real-time process performance measurement

Value added Benefits

  • MAPS provides a streamlined lifecycle approach for complex plants that drives down costs and boosts productivity. The program
    has unrivalled openness, features scalability and extensibility and delivers tight integration with Mitsubishi Electric PLC-based automation systems.
  • Designed to offer a fully integrated design, engineering and management tool, MAPS can significantly reduce automation system lifecycle engineering effort and costs, offering savings of up to 25%.
  • MAPS provides a structured lifecycle engineering approach in process applications using Mitsubishi Electric PLCs along with SCADA solutions from the market leader in South Africa, Adroit Technologies.
  • MAPS provides a wizard that can be used to generate PLC and SCADA projects automatically, saving a significant amount of time during the engineering and configuration phases. It also ensures a structured system design and makes routine lifecycle system maintenance much easier.
  • MAPS supports consistency and integrity right across the automation system throughout its lifecycle, from process design and
    engineering through installation and commissioning to maintenance and set-up.
  • The 21CFR11 feature provides additional auditing and authentication functionality that is not only important for regulated industries such as pharmaceutical, but also for general manufacturing and process where a second level of verification and Audit trail is required.