With time and cost considerations putting pressure on new product introduction (NPI), PLC programming can no longer be seen as an isolated, independent function of moving a product forward onto the shop floor. By integrating eM-PLC, from UGS, and STEP 7 professional, from Siemens, you can optimize your engineering process and help cut ramp-up time significantly.
eM-PLC and STEP7 professional allows engineers from both mechanical design and control department to work in parallel and share information. The software enables the automatic generation of PLC programs directly from the virtual manufacturing cell and allows for “virtual commissioning” prior to building the equipment on the shop floor.
The seamless path from process design a to shop floor automation. eM-PLC enables to generate optimized PLC programs to the shop floor. As parts of the suite of eMPower solutions for Manufacturing Process Management (MPM), it allows engineers to design manufacturing cells, digital special machines and processes in a 3D virtual environment. The systems automatically generate a PLC code, which can be simulated and verified before it is downloaded to the PLC on the shop floor. By moving the testing and commissioning process from the shop floor onto the control engineer’s desktop, eM-PLC accelerates the planning and engineering process, the commissioning phase and production ramp-up.