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April 2010

MicroLogix Delivery Problems?

SoftPLC has a Smart solution!

A Smart SoftPLC provides similar hardware specifications to MicroLogix 1400/1500 systems:

  • Application logic and documentation can be automatically converted – little or no reprogramming needed

  • HMI/SCADA applications need few, if any, changes

  • Goods are in stock

Smart SoftPLCBonus – Smart SoftPLC includes standard capabilities that could eliminate other components in your panel.  For example, the Smart SoftPLC includes an embedded Ethernet switch/router, 5 serial ports (with DF1, Modbus and ASCII support) and $135 option to add an internal Remote Access Modem (vs $927 for a 9300-RADES), direct Fiber connection and other features.

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Free Software through 4/30/2010

Purchase your first Smart SoftPLC or Smart Gateway by April 30, 2010 and get FREE programming and configuration software.  Save up to $950!

Contact SoftPLC or your local SoftPLC Distributor for details, system quotes, etc.

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Application:  Quarry Automation

StoneCo of Michigan selected Etheridge Automation to implement automation for their Newport, MI quarry. StoneCo had a 10+ year old PLC based system that had become increasingly maintenance intensive. The legacy system required the operator to control the plant feed and make major decisions on plant operations.

StoneCo was looking to improve plant performance with the new automation system by incorporating feed controls and limiting operator dependence. Etheridge Automation has been automating rock quarries exclusively since the early 1980's. Stoneco liked their control system's flexible interlocking features, feeder controls and their aggregate industry experience.

Etheridge's automation system is modular in nature and can be scaled for various sizes/configurations of aggregate plants.  At the core of the Etheridge Quarry Information Management System™ is a SoftPLC PAC that communicates over Ethernet to the control room PC.  The control system also incorporates a SoftPLC in the Secondary plant with a remote rack in the Primary plant. Etheridge uses SoftPLC because of its reliability, ease of use, processing power and flexibility.

In the Primary plant, the SoftPLC control system increased production capacity by 20%, cutting the operating time from 10 to 8 hours per day. Major downtime events were greatly reduced, increasing the plant availability.  In the Secondary system, plant capacity was previously limited by the performance of the screens, making increased tonnage throughput difficult. Secondary plant improvements were realized via increased uptime and more consistent product quality.   Read more...

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Do you do Hydropower?  Please visit us at HydroVision in Charlotte, NC July 27-30, 2010.  Contact SoftPLC for free exhibit passes.
Hydrovision Charlotte, NC July 27-30
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