Pure process design
By S Silvestre, Siemens
Electricity + Control, May 2015 (pages 28 – 29)
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Distillation plants separate substances from one another at a molecular level in order to be able to use them as high-purity products. Recently, the first distillation plant for fine chemicals was constructed according to a new programme structure. A platform was used which allows holistic programming, parameter assignment, visualisation and safety technology. The responsible parties see this as an important step for the future of distillation plants.
Known for the development and construction of thin film evaporators and short path distillation systems, UIC GmbH in Alzenau in the Aschaffenburg district has been supplying laboratory plants, pilot plants and industrial plants for over 25 years. A production plant according to the short path distillation process was supplied to a customer in the fine chemicals industry for manufacture in Germany. For this order, the entire engineering process was carried out using the new TIA Portal engineering framework from Siemens for the first time.
This holistic software platform is characterised by the fact that programming, parameter assignment, visualisation and safety technology can be performed on a single system. The company wanted to take advantage of this feature and migrate at an early stage. With APE Engineering, a service provider for automation technology in neighbouring Niedernberg, this migration was performed.
- The TIA Portal engineering framework was used in the construction of a two-level vacuum distillation plant for the first time.
- This holistic software platform is characterised by the fact that many functions can be performed on a single system.
- Most importantly, the entire safety technology can be programmed into the engineering framework.