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Industrial Panel Computers for MES Control

Date: 7/15/2011 12:00:00 AM

Automated Production Line Operation
China

Project Introduction:
Foton Cummins is one of China’s largest manufacture bases for light-duty diesel engines.

Foton Cummins adopted ERP management for the whole company, and, in order to incorporate the ERP system into the production system, they also established an MES system, so that the whole production system can seamlessly match with the management system perfectly. With the implementation of MES, the execution of the production flow is totally standardized, with each stage and step kept in stringent protocol, thus the production flow is much more efficient.

All production equipment must have extremely high reliability and stability to meet the needs of long time production and continuous operation, therefore, better anti-vibration capability and longer product service life will be the first demanding.

The IPPC-9171G was designed to handle the most difficult operations in the harshest environments. Optional accessories help it to be installed in any kind of industrial environment. With a product life cycle of over 5 years and an extremely low error rate, the rugged and reliable IPPC-917 helps customers save maintenance cost.

Presently, several of Cummins’ joint ventured or fully owned companies in China have adopted Advantech’s IPPC panel computers, totaling over 1000 units. With the increasing involvement of Cummins in the Chinese market, this number is expected to grow.

System Requirements:
MES systems, which help to raise production qualityand capacity, prevent errors occurring during operation no matter the type of software, transmitters or displayers, or any other hardware parts of the automation system, thus Advantech’s 17” IPPC could be installed in their assembly workshops to help their workers acquire and read messages. With a rugged aluminum front panel on the 17” TFT LCD display, a stainless steel back housing and two expansion slots for add-on cards, the IPPC-9171G was designed according to handle the most difficult operations within an industrial application environment. The optional accessories can help it to be installed in any kind of industrial environment.

Project Implementation:

IPPC-9171G With a rugged aluminum front panel for 17”TFT LCD display, a stainless steel back housing and two expansion slots for add-on cards, the IPPC-917 was designed according to humanized craft design ideas and can handle the most difficult operation environment for industrial application

System Diagram

System Description
The IPPC-9171G is an Industrial Panel PC with support for Intel Pentium 4 processors to meet the high-demands MES applications. With a 17” high-resolution color display, it’s the major component of the MES system. The IPPC-9171G is a rugged unit with an aluminum panel, tempered glass, 17" TFT LCD, a stainless steel structure and two expansion slots. TheIPPC-9171G is rugged enough to handle the toughest industrial operating environments. With optional mounting accessories from panels to racks, it can be mounted almost anywhere.

The computer is connected to other devices in the system with various interfaces, including: serial ports, two expansion slots, LAN ports and the port for power input. All these ports are located in the rear there by saving space, and the use of a rugged aluminum front panel with stainless steel rear housing achieves a lower disorder rate.

Conclusion
As a major component of the MES system, the IPPC panel computers serve as display devices. Though they are not the key equipment for the manufacturing of engines, they carry out the important mission of data transmission and acquisition and are indispensible for enterprises in practicing quality control, production plans and material management.

With a product life cycle of over 5 years and an extremely low disorder rate, the rugged and reliable IPPC-9171G helps customers save maintenance cost. Its processors capabilities create safe, reliable high performance operations which benefit our customers with a higher performance-price ratio than its competitors.