VERBIO Vereinigte BioEnergie AG operates a high performance biodiesel manufacturing plant in Schwedt, Germany. For its process automation system, VERBIO decided to use a PROFIBUS fieldbus infrastructure. A key criteria of this project was system transparency. The FieldConnex product range supports an extremely simple and fast implementation.
The process automation system of this new facility was realized by the experts of ELCON Automation & Engineering GmbH. The fieldbus infrastructure consists of 10 PROFIBUS PA and 6 PROFIBUS DP segments connected to 6 controllers, totalling 1,300 I/Os, as well as the required Zone 1 fieldbus installation technology.
ELCON decided to use the FieldConnex product range from Pepperl+Fuchs as the fieldbus interface technology throughout the plant. These products support fast and easy installation and implementation of the complete infrastructure. With technologies such as Advanced Diagnostics, FieldConnex also allows continuous monitoring of the fieldbus physical layer, which greatly contributes to the availability and overall reliability of the plant.
Profibus field devices allow fast and easy offline configuration and comprehensive electronic documentation including MSR numbers, comments, etc. In addition, Pepperl+Fuchs offers support tools, such as Segment Checker, which contributed to ELCON realizing the complete process automation system in Schwedt within a time frame of only six months.