Shenhuo Aluminium Foil Co.

VAI. Shanghai, China.

the project

Complete Electrical Control System for Three Aluminium Foil Mills.

the solution

Main mill drive system utilised ABB DC motors, drives and local application controllers. Three ABB AC80 controllers were used for high speed communications between the drive modules. These contain the software for all referencing, tension and diameter control blocks for each mill.

The level 1 control was completed using a Siemens S7-400 PLC communicating to a set of ET200 remote I/O modules situated throughout the mill including the main desk, entry and exit operator stations and valve stand areas close to the mill. This philosophy will minimise plant cabling and improve the efficiency and speed of commissioning.

Profibus communications were used between the S7-400, ET200 and the ABB AC80.

Ethernet was used for communication to the WinCC HMI system located on the mill main desk and the Siemens VAI Vantage automation system.


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