Mitsubishi Electric renews SCADA line-up
Supporting the increasing focus on digital manufacturing and IoT, Mitsubishi Electric has renewed its SCADA line-up, now offering two types of software for system monitoring and process control under the series name GENESIS64, replacing the existing MC Works64 SCADA software. The company says the new line-up will meet diverse IoT needs, covering a wide variety of purposes from small production line monitoring and control to multi-site monitoring and business intelligence (BI) for plant-wide systems, process automation as well as utility and building automation.
The GENESIS64 Basic SCADA is an entry-level software with essential functions for small production lines, while the GENESIS64 Advanced Application Server is a full SCADA suite for large-scale monitoring of factories, buildings and utilities.
The GENESIS64 Basic SCADA is said to facilitate the visualisation of data in small applications but can also be scaled up to medium applications with optional add-ons depending on application requirements.
For users with larger system needs, GENESIS64 Advanced Application Server can help to create a serverless system using cloud computing, which will facilitate the construction of redundant, multi-location or other highly secure, large-scale systems. This software can also connect to wearable devices such as smart glasses and smart watches, supporting users interested in introducing remote monitoring or giving work instructions remotely. The software can also be operated by voice commands with the use of AI smart assistant speakers, which helps operators avoid touching the monitoring screen — another function that supports the ‘new normal’ in the manufacturing world.
With the renewal of its SCADA line-up, Mitsubishi Electric customers will also have a unified one-stop access to SCADA solutions provided by the US-based ICONICS, Inc., a SCADA and IoT analysis software company acquired by Mitsubishi Electric in 2019. Users will be able to benefit from the combination of ICONICS’ software technology and Mitsubishi Electric’s FA technology spanning expanded software products and services from the edge to the cloud, all targeted at helping them solve their automation and process control issues, according to the company.
This integration is initially demonstrated in the direct connection of Mitsubishi Electric PLCs to the GENESIS64 SCADA software, achieving automatic detection and start-up while eliminating the need for an OPC server.
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