Guillaume Martine and Michael Ausseil
Ecostruxure Control Experts
EcoStruxure Control Expert offers a single configuration environment for automation systems based on Modicon M340, Modicon M580 and M580 Safety, as well as Momentum, Premium, and Quantum controllers.
Control Expert has a 16 years history in the field, focused on compatibility and life cycle management. Any version of Controller is supported as well as conversion from older PLC ranges to latest generation “IIoT ready” PAC architectures.
This year, Schneider Electric wants to go even further: The New EcoStruxure Control Expert V15 with ‘Topology Manager’ will become a multi-controller, multi-user configuration environment, reducing engineering hours, commissioning and start-up time as well as the overall cost and risk of industrial automation projects.
The design will be intuitive: Users will be able to organize the project in several physical views.
As design progresses the system network will be updated, and IP addresses will be assigned automatically.
History panel will allow users to go back to any previous valid state, with undo/redo functionality.
Copy and paste function will allow configuration of similar assets while the system automatically ensures network consistency.
With EcoStruxure Control Expert you can configure and diagnose field bus devices (Schneider Electric or 3rd party devices) Modbus TCP or Ethernet IP.
The device DTM audit tool makes it easy to find the required device DTM and immediately check the installation or possible updates.
For devices like Altivar drives or Tesys, users can launch DTM screens for complete device configuration and diagnosis.
Once the system is designed, Topology Manager will allow the user to deploy a controller or group of controllers as well as assets in one click, accelerating significantly the real-world deployment.
With EcoStruxure Control Expert v15, users will be able to go online to monitor the status of any asset. By moving the mouse over a system element and right-clicking on it, more information – including real-time operation and configuration, can be displayed, improving the operation and maintenance of the entire system.
EcoStruxure Control Expert v15 will boost engineering productivity, shorten time to market and reduce project engineering costs by providing a single intuitive environment to design, build, commission, operate and maintain an entire plant.
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Article contributed by Schneider Electric