RoviSys, Eurotherm and RoMan Manufacturing Collaboration

Just before the holidays RoviSys and Eurotherm met at RoMan Manufacturing’s facilities in the U.S. to explore and test the possibility of integrating a Eurotherm EPower controller with the Allen Bradley ControlLogix PLC. Even though establishing communication between ControlLogix and EPower using Ethernet IP is a relatively simple process, Matt Knott, RoviSys Group Manager of Global Glass Automation, was looking for opportunities to integrate the EPower into a glass process control application in order to expedite the on-site commissioning process and provide smoother operation for technicians, engineers and operators.

After the initial testing, it only took 15 minutes for Kevin Jones, RoviSys Systems Engineer and Chris Mooney, Eurotherm Product Specialist to setup the communication.  And in less than one hour they were in full control of the RoMan Water-Cooled AC Transformer, obtaining process critical data and diagnostics. Additional discussions centered on the accessibility of EPower settings and parameters from the PLC. With the help of Mikaël Leguern, a Eurotherm engineer central to the EPower development, several solutions came to light. At the end of the testing period, it was obvious that RoviSys, Eurotherm and RoMan Manufacturing are in agreement regarding the design of a new and innovative solution for the glass industry. Their customers will soon see some amazing results from the ideas generated through this collaborative effort.


About Rene

René studied electrical engineering and has been with the Invensys group for 3 years. He started his career in the paper industry as a technical assistant before he switched to the glass industry becoming an employee of Vereenigde Glasfabrieken. During his early years there, he built his broad knowledge and experience in design and development of container glass electronic quality equipment. He was involved in the implementation of the first generation PLC and DCS systems as well as electronic timing systems for IS-machines. René did several model based predictive control projects as well as being involved in object oriented engineering method developments. He became responsible for process control inside the BSN group and finally was responsible for the European plant process control and forming electronics inside the Owens-Illinois group. Today René is Invensys Operations Management global glass business technical manager focusing on process and power control solutions, energy management and MPC for both end-users as well as OEM’s and solution providers. Invensys Operations Management’s offerings are delivered under several prominent industry brands, including Avantis, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, InFusion, Skelta, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. His motto is: "Innovation" is the life insurance of industry. Be conservative during the furnace campaign but be extremely innovative during builds and re-builds. SpecialtiesProcess control, furnace control, forehearth control, qualilty management systems, glass furnace boosting systems, bushing control, boosting, power control, SCR, fiber glass, float glass, container glass, MPC, fuzzy logic, poly silicon, thermocouples
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