Water & Wastewater Asia Sep/Oct 2018

Water & Wastewater Asia • September / October 2018 42 | INSIGHT Today’s solution for tomorrow’s need As the production and digital world meet, there is increasing need for flexibility, energy efficiency and linking logistics processes more closely. Festo is amajor player in industrial automation and at this year’s Singapore International Water Week, we sat down to find out how the company looks into driving the projects of the future. A s Industry 4.0, Internet of Thing and smart factories drive smart projects of the future, there is a need for solutions to be ever faster, more diverse, more flexible and more intelligent. There is also a call for greater availability, energy efficiency and just-in-time production that are on the rise. To answer for the volatile markets in process industries such as water and wastewater, Festo has innovate the plants of the future withmodules where there are smaller batches and different types of product in the same plant – thus, catering to the customers’ needs. This is based on the “Lego” principle whereby users can add modules or switch them off in line with requirements. But this can be achieved only with modular automation. MODULAR AND INTELLIGENT The plants of the future will consist of modules. Eachmodule will incorporate all the automation functions which requires to carry out its own process. Automation functions could also be provided by a central control system. However, a master control system is not designed for modular plants with their requirement for easy replacement of individual modules. Process-relatedmodules, on the other hand, need a small, adaptable and autonomous automation system. By implementing decentralised, intelligent solutions in the individual modules there is no need to re-programme and re-configure the application software. The modules can be integrated withminimal effort into the overall automation solution for the production process. This allows several automated modules to be added to the plant without the need to extend the automation technology of the overall plant. And the central element to this concept is the automation platform CPX — reflecting the motto “numbering up instead of scaling up“. AUTOMATION PLATFORM CPX The automation platform CPX has proved to be ideal as the central element of a modular automation system. This platform can accept not only pneumatic components in its IP65/67 variants but also different controllers and remote IOs for a number of sensors, for example for pressure monitoring or temperature measurement, on a modular basis. In the field of water treatment, for example, From left: Leonard Lau, Head of Sales Process Industry, Southeast Asia, Festo; and Armin Mueller, Segment Management, Water & Wastewater, Festo