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.