Products powering reliable equipment
Mission-critical entertainment includes products from Mitsubishi, such as Mitsubishi Q00J CPU, Q62DAN Analog Module, QX80 Input Module, QY10 Output Module, Modbus Master, and GT16 HMI.
Saunders Electric upgraded its studio-quiet generators to supply the broadcast industry with reliable power solutions. The company began using Mitsubishi Electric A Series rack-style, modular PLCs in 1994 to synchronize generator and landline power sources.
Saunders Electric upgraded to Mitsubishi Electric Q Series Control Platform and new GT16 HMI for improved performance and a more intuitive, visual operator experience. After years of using Mitsubishi Electric’s acclaimed A-series control system without failure, upgrading to the Q-series was the only logical choice. Most notably, the Q-series controller also provides other performance benefits and advantages including faster processing speeds, advanced analog control, and a more flexible graphical interface. The new controller significantly reduces its hardware footprint, increasing space in the cabinet for other devices.
Saunders Electric completed transition to the Q-series control system in one month. Q62DAN high-speed, digital-to-analog signal conversion permits faster response times when matching generator speed to the grid power signal, minimizing overshoot effects, providing a cleaner power signal for broadcasting equipment.
GT16 has an extended viewing angle that enables operators to be more mobile while the power system is in use. Design software helps create more intuitive screens, improving setup and monitoring efficiencies.
Hardware includes the Mitsubishi Q00J CPU, Q62DAN Analog Module, QX80 Input Module, QY10 Output Module, Modbus Master, and GT16 HMI. The system provides strong-build quality, high-speed sampling, and intuitive HMI screen designs with greater viewing angle, for higher reliability, improved power quality, and greater operator effectiveness.
- Greg Hookings is marketing communications manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.; Edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager, CFE Media, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, email@example.com.
See related case study article linked below with additional photos.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.