Water & Wastewater Asia May/Jun 2018

WATER & WASTEWATER ASIA May / June 2018 48 / TECH ROUND UP Fluctuating water consumption and increasingly polluted raw water are some of the market demands to which more and more manufacturers in the process industries need to adjust to. The answer is plants based on the “Lego ® ” principle. Users can add modules or switch them off in line with requirements. But this can be achieved only with modular automation. The automation platform CPX from Festo is the central element in this concept — reflecting the motto “numbering up instead of scaling up”. F lexible andmodular production plants require autonomous intelligent units. This is where the worlds of the process industry and manufacturing industry meet — in their approach to Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. Digitisation and networking enable automatedmodules at field level to be connected simply and reliably with a master control system, while also providing communication between them— in just the same way as Lego ® bricks* click together to forma solid but nonetheless flexible structure. Numbering up instead of scaling up: With mod lar automation, plants can be expanded or modified in line with individual requirements. This illustration shows different variants of skids, ranging from a pump skid through to a filter module skid and CIP skid