Incosol now offers a migration path for old Profibus FMS/FDL applications!

Still a lot of existing plants are using Profibus FMS or even FDL protocol to connect the field level (PLCs) with the process control level (SCADA). A often used hardware and software solution for these protocols is the PCI1500PFB card and the OPC server software from applicom international. Meanwhile many of these SCADA systems has reached the end of its procuct cycle and has to be replaced due to the following reasons:

a) the PC hardware is outdated and/or defect.

b) the system software and/or the SCADA software is outdated and it does not fit any longer into the modern IT and security concept of the operating company.

Now the company is looking for a solution to replace the SCADA system but they want to leave the underlying PLC systems unchanged to keep the costs low because the replacement of the PLCs is often much more expensive than the new SCADA system. It’s not just a point of the hardware costs for the new PLCs. The engineering effort to move the PLC program from the old system to the new one may be a multiple of the hardware costs. For these reasons the company is interested in to keep the PLC systems and therefore the Profibus communication protocol. But:

SCADA systems which are using the applicom® Profibus Interface PCI1500 PFB can’t be moved to a state-of-the-art operating system as Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 (R2) , due to non-availability of physical device drivers for these windows versions!

Now InCoSol comes into play:

With our S7A OPC server and the CIF50PB Profibus interface we can offer a hardware and software solution which runs under the modern Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (R2) OSs and which is fully compatible with the Profibus FMS/FDL protocol. This solution allows the customer to upgrade its SCADA system to the latest technology by retainig its well-tried PLC systems according to the principle “Never change a running system!” The conversion of the OPC item IDs from the applicon® format to the S7A OPCserver format is very easy and can be done very fast by a simple search and replace oparation. We offer such migrations as complete package inclusive all adaptions on the SCADA side as well as on the PLC side (just required for Profibus FDL migrations).

The following list shows some projects we have implemented in 2012:

  • ArcelorMittal Luxemburg: Profibus FDL (S5) to iFIX
  • Baerlocher GmbH (Manufacurer of plastic additives): Profibus FMS to iFIX
  • Deutsche Bahn AG Cottbus: Profibus FDL (S5) to InTouch®
  • Waste water treatment plant of Forschungszentrum Jülich: Profibus FMS to InTouch®
  • KME Osnabrück (Manufacturer of semi-finished copper): Profibus FDL (S5) to iFIX

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