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Modernization Migration-Conversion Solutions for Automation

POSTED BY TURTLE & HUGHES INDUSTRIAL CONTROL & AUTOMATION DEPARTMENT BLOG IN PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY


 
Change is the only constant in life, especially for the industries that we support through Industrial Automation. Governments and businesses are championing new approaches and technologies to enhance industrial productivity and performance. Some recent examples include Industry 4.0, the current trend towards smart factories; AMP 2.0, a national effort to create high-qualiity manufacturing jobs in the U.S.; and China Manufacturing 2025, an initiative to upgrade Chinese industry.
 
For those of you looking for change, a modernization strategy does not always mean “rip and replace.” Instead, you can proactively create a roadmap that addresses all aspects of your operation, including people, process and technology. One of the first steps in implementing these solutions is to assess the needs of your organization based on current operations and business goals. When the time comes to upgrade your existing control system, we can help develop a plan that suits your application needs and goals. This includes an extensive migration toolkit, as well as a phased approach that helps to minimize the cost, risk and complexities involved with the managing and modernization of legacy products and systems.
 
Topics that we can discuss to make sure you are not caught in a reactive mode are:
 

  • Is your equipment discontinued or at EOL (End of Life)?
  • Are you experiencing a loss of production time due to equipment malfunction?
  • Is it becoming more difficult or costly to procure replacement parts?
  • Are you experiencing quality issues due to equipment not operating to specifications?
  • Do you need to increase production capacity?
  • Does your current system take too long to troubleshoot?

 
Answering “yes” to any of these questions is a sign that you may need to migrate/convert to a newer technology. To begin the process, we put together a migration solution by reviewing your installed base (control, I/O, VFDs, PLCs, automation software, networks, etc.), either by a BOM you supply or by us providing an IBE (installed base evaluation).
 

 

Rockwell Automation Migration Example

As an example, let’s use a Rockwell Automation PLC-5, which has a projected discontinuation date of June 2017, and 1771 I/O to ControlLogix® migration. This will demonstrate some of the options available to help mitigate the growing risk of operating obsolete equipment.
 
For those who want to maintain their existing hardware platform, Turtle & Hughes offers last-time buys, Lifecycle Extension Agreements, or Remanufacturing and training services. We provide everything from complete custom turn-key solutions to pre-configured packages. For those customers with internal talent, we can also supply the tools to plan and execute a migration on their own.
Rockwell Automation also provides their own tools. These include installed product’s Lifecycle Status, migration of hardware selected through Integrated Architecture Builder (IAB), code conversions for RSLogix5™ – 500 (RSLogix™Project Migrator), Controller and I/O Wiring Conversion Systems, and Network Interface Modules.
 
Whether you choose to migrate all at once or in phases, Turtle & Hughes, along with Rockwell Automation, can provide the tools, support and expertise you require. Please contact the Turtle & Hughes Automation Team for further information.
 
If you want to learn more about Rockwell Automation, join us on May 17-18 in East Rutherford, NJ, for Rockwell Automation on the Move (RAOTM). Learn more and sign up for event alerts and registration information.
 
Turtle & Hughes is an Authorized Distributor of Rockwell Automation in the following areas: New Jersey: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon (East of Route 31), Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union. New York City: Bronx, Manhattan and Queens. New York State: Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster (South of Route 28, excluding the township of Kingston) and Westchester.

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