The Intelligent Automation of Public Utilities

Integrated Automation into Existing Structures

A solar factory is more than a building. It is an optimized environment for your production. This includes the supply and auxiliary systems that make a significant contribution toward the availability of your plant.

Apart from the actual production process, there are numerous raw materials in the solar industry that are required for the manufacture of the end products. These include, for example, raw chemicals and treated pure water. In addition, any waste materials and waste water must be safely disposed of, treated or purified. Another key factor is the control of the air-conditioning in the production facilities or clean rooms.

All these systems are usually put out to tender separately, with the result that plants are often equipped with components from a host of different automation suppliers. This creates an extremely heterogeneous automation environment which presents a particular challenge for the central collection and evaluation of data.

A reliable partner with a comprehensive portfolio

This is where a higher-level control system such as SIMATIC PCS 7 can draw the boundaries around the individual supply systems and make all data available centrally on a standardized basis. Even supply systems that have been automated with third-party systems can easily be linked as a package unit.

This also opens up the possibility of recording and evaluating your use of energy and raw materials centrally. In this way you can quickly recognize potential for optimization and therefore reduce your production costs significantly.

As your partner in the solar industry we provide you with everything you need to run a successful operation – from a single source. Around the globe, we are on hand to assist you with your plant over the entire life cycle.

In addition to our comprehensive automation portfolio, we also offer end-to-end solutions for a variety of industries, for example, water technology, power supply and building automation.