New perspectives with the latest APROL process control system With its flexibility and diverse functions, APROL is the optimum platform for implementing customized automation solutions. Your competitive advantages can be enhanced even further with the latest APROL release. Already proven in countless installations across a wide range of industries APROL is an innovative process control system that has already proven itself in countless installations across a wide range of industries. This has been made possible by its unique scalable architecture as well as the integrated CaeManager engineering tool. High performance, maximized system reliability and availability High performance plus maximized system reliability and availability Maximum system reliability and availability is achieved through the use of series-produced products that have been tested thoroughly. Optimized system efficiency throughout the entire life cycle Integrated system functions provide the reliability that allows you to achieve efficient operation of the system over the entire life cycle. Easy-touse analysis tools increase the transparency of operating data and support both maintenance as well as the safety of automation systems. Utilizing the full range of functions helps you reduce total cost of ownership, increase system availability and optimize processes. All of a system's upstream, downstream and auxiliary processes also automated by APROL In addition to automating the process-oriented system, APROL can also be used to fully automate all upstream, downstream and auxiliary processes, as well as the power distribution at a production location. Complete visualization solutions in APROL Substantial reductions to engineering work and maintenance – included self-diagnostics of all process control system components – are possible with a central, systemwide visualization system. There is even a visualization option available for integrated, decentralized visualizations for on-site panels. From single nodes to large plants – Ultimate scalability The extreme flexibility of the APROL system means that it can be perfectly scaled to the requirements of systems large and small, from single- node systems all the way to highly complex client-server architectures. APROL is a process control system that grows with the application. Whether using one controller or one hundred, one hundred I/O points or ten thousand – the scalability of APROL always provides an optimum solution.
Integrated safety technology Integrated safety technology reduces risks to personnel and the system in addition to increasing engineering efficiency.
Integrated fieldbus systems Optimal integration is achieved with the support of POWERLINK, CANopen, PROFIBUS DP/PA and Modbus TCP fieldbuses in the APROL hardware configuration.
Controllers and I/O modules
Wide range of powerful controllers with cycle times starting at 100 μs (typically 10 ms)
Redundant buses (process bus and control bus)
Hot-swapping (addition and replacement of components during operation)
Expansions and modifications during operation (CIR = Configuration in Run)
I/O modules for Ex environments via PROFIBUS DP (Pepperl & Fuchs, Stahl, Turck, etc.)
Timestamps on the controller level with a resolution up to 1 ms (event driver)
Optional use of X20 system with integrated safety technology
Configuration in Run: No downtime when making changes Control computers, controllers and I/O hardware can be added, removed or modified during operation without interruptions (CiR)
Use of POWERLINK and ETHERNET TCP/IP for system communication The use of Ethernet throughout the system ensures a high degree of investment protection – from remote I/O points all the way to the management level. Many network topologies are possible with POWERLINK; hot plugging functionality for bus stations, configuration-free topologies, flat networks for clear-cut diagnostics and simple addressability make it an optimal bus system for decentralized tasks in process automation.
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PAL - Process Automation Library
Process Automation Library (PAL) PAL is a universal library that is suited for any industry, anywhere in the world. It includes easy-to-use blocks for users who value standards.
Clear faceplates with icons Clearly arranged faceplates ensure easy usability. Icons are based scalable vector graphics (SVG).
Integrated system functions System functions such as the shift logbook for taking notes, the trend viewer, the alarm report, etc. can be opened directly from the shortcut menu of the measurement point (TAG).
Exclusive function for operator access The operator can lock access to a measurement point (faceplate) selectively. This function can also be linked to a control computer.
Integrated maintenance functions Service and maintenance functions (e.g. switching cycle counter) are integrated directly into the blocks. This makes additional configuration work unnecessary.
Configurable operating philosophy The operating philosophy can be designed with or without a confirmation requirement using parameters and connections.
Signal status Each PAL block monitors the signal status, including configuration, software, I/O module and open connection errors. This can influence logic connected further downstream.
The faceplate coordinates many different blocks.
Priority commands and locking The "Priority Command Manual" and "Priority Command" commands allow tasks to be prioritized. With interlocking, operator and automatic commands are no longer necessary. Analog value monitoring The element offers additional scaling options in the faceplate. The average value filter can also be scaled to 30 s. Simulation is also possible by toggling between live/dummy values, and limit value monitoring can be performed for 3x high, 3x low and the rate of change. Rate of change
Digital value monitoring This block can be used to display, bypass, normalize, delay, save, alarm and record trends for a digital input signal. Simulation from the faceplate Simulation of measured values is integrated in the faceplate to simplify the loop check. Possible to cascade interlock block This configurable block can be used to display, bypass and connect digital signals. The gate types it contains allow the flexible interconnection of input signals. Interlocking signals can be displayed flexibly with the incremental design option.
Advanced process control
Optimizing process control Optimizing process control means optimizing throughput, efficiency, product quality and the costs for energy and raw materials while maintaining reproducibility of the process.
APC methods PID optimization and PID expansions, rapid prototyping, fuzzy control, neuronal networks and model predictive multivariable controllers (MPC) are the classical methods for advanced process control.
MATLAB®/Simulink® The optional "B&R Automation Studio Target for Simulink" toolkit integrated in Automation Studio is an extremely high-performance feature also available for use with APROL. MapleSim/Maplesoft Physical models developed in MapleSim can easily be used for hardware-in-the-loop simulations.