Solution

Nolla tools guide you through the automation design process, from the initial definition of manufacturing components, all the way through automatically generating PLC code for use in the manufacturing process. The workflow of a manufacturing process automation project using Nolla is shown below:

Each step in the process is described briefly below:

Environment Setup – in this step, you create the building blocks to be used through the project; specifically:

  • Define the project components, such as tables, modules, printouts. Nolla provides templates to get you started. You can create your own templates and re-use them across multiple projects and sites.
  • Define the control modules to be used in the project, or select modules from Nolla’s comprehensive library of off-the-shelf components.
  • Define the equipment modules to be used in the project, or select modules from Nolla’s comprehensive library of off-the-shelf components.
  • Define the Units to be used in the project, or select modules from Nolla’s comprehensive library of off-the-shelf components.

An example of defining a template using Nolla WorkSpace, is shown in the figure below:

Import P&ID Diagrams – capture component information from the P&ID and add it to the project database.

Define the required units and the required EMs – instantiate units and modules from those defined in the Setup stage.

An example of defining a control module using Nolla is shown in the following figure:

Build Physical Models and Tag the Modules – create the physical module using information automatically captured from the P&ID and from Units defined in the previous steps.

An example of defining equipment using Nolla, is shown in the following figure:

Set Default Parameters – specify the parameters you want to use for each component

Connect I/Os to CMs – map component I/Os to control modules defined in previous steps.

Generate PLC code – once the designs have been validated, automatically generate PLC code that can be downloaded to controllers on the manufacturing floor.

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