January 10, 2019 – MAPS 4, the latest SCADA solution from Mitsubishi Electric for control and visualization, is designed to extend connectivity options, add user tools and increase the scope of its built-in functionality. The result is a software suite for project development and integration, while also enabling users to realize Smart Factory objectives.
Built on a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), the full MAPS 4 process suite delivers flexibility in handling, automating, controlling, verifying and auditing processes. It provides a full life-cycle planning, management and integration platform for applications from manufacturing to infrastructure. There is also a dedicated HMI version available for machine builders and customers that require a more light-weight SCADA solution for localized control and visualization tasks.
The SCADA software suite has features such as an MS Excel bulk-configuration tool. This tool for example enables Excel users to create a large part of a SCADA project, for instance Tag databases, logging, and alarm definitions.
There are also libraries for Mitsubishi Electric factory automation hardware and more than 100 other PLC and RTU drivers onboard for routine configuration. Use of pre-configured Object Template models as well as creation of new, individual models also support a fast, optimised integration process. Project changes can be deployed centrally providing a single point of engineering.
Secure data sharing and cross platform connectivity are both priorities for many process management applications. Therefore the SCADA solution can be hosted locally, in the cloud or privately. It can also be connected to other third-party cloud hosted environments. Developed around popular industry standards such as OPC DA and UA, MQTT and BACNet, the entire software suite is effectively Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready. It combines the compatibility advantages of built-in OPC UA and DA support, with the openness of an HTML5 web client. Secure web connections provide browser-based monitoring and operation for PCs and mobile devices.