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Simulation of a Water Treatment Plant

This ATS Project involved developing a process behavior simulation of a Water Treatment Plant for the DSP (Direct Sheet Plant) at a steel giant in The Netherlands.

The aim of the project was to deliver a PICS Pro simulation, including the PICS Pro product, to fully function test the new control system. Duration of development of this simulation; 3 months.
The existing process was controlled by outdated Siemens S5 PLC's. In the new environment, this system was replaced by a GE innovation controller (implementation was not included).

The sales process turned out to be another test of endurance as they say. In 2008 ATS sent the first offer and end of 2011 the order had finally been awarded.

PICS Pro is another product ATS sells from their distribution portfolio with the company Molex.

PICS Simulation® software simulates real-world systems and machines controlled by DCS, PLC and PC control systems. The entire system (communications, sequencing/ interlocking, HMI/SCADA, and alarms) can be tested, all emergency faults can be verified and operators trained prior to the system going operational. With PICS Simulation software, control system errors can be swiftly identified in the office, allowing new processes to be implemented quickly and accurately thereby avoiding the high cost of production downtime. The software allows the creation of a dynamic model on a PC that duplicates the behavior of the I/O devices, providing the control system with simulated device feedback. PICS Simulation software also provides a realistic and versatile testing and training environment for operators.

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Simulation of a Water Treatment Plant

This ATS Project involved developing a process behavior simulation of a Water Treatment Plant for the DSP (Direct Sheet Plant) at a steel giant in The Netherlands. [...]

Laser welding project

We received an order from a laser welding Company for control software development and visualization of a machine that produces "pillow plates". "Pillow plates" are produced by welding two metal plates into a circular pattern. By using high pressure air between two sheets a hollow space is created and this again creates an insulating wall. "Pillow plates" are among others used in heat exchangers. [...]

Efficient Product Handling

Fast Efficient Solutions to support Lean Production. A key ingredient in achieving Lean Production operations is having good work practices to monitor and move the product (and components) around the factory. Anyone who has ever worked in a high volume/high speed operation will vouch for this. Organizing product flows, maintaining buffer stocks and keeping track of shop stock levels all too often proves elusive. Line stoppages, overstocking and product damage often result. [...]

Line Flexibity Project

When you’ve designed a production line to meet a given output level and your customer demand reaches more than double that level, you’re working three shifts, seven days a week and you still can’t keep up, you need to take action. You essentially have two choices – you invest in a second line or you fix the existing one to increase throughput. The latter is what Faurecia chose on their Malibu assembly line. [...]

Water and Waste Water Treatment

Managing water and waste water treatment combines simple pumping stations with complex waste water treatment and central control stations over large geographical areas. [...]

Water Cooling Systems

For a company that is specialised in selling chemicals to companies who use water for industrial cooling and heat exchange systems. To prove the effectiveness of their systems they decided to build mobile test systems to measure water quality at customer locations. [...]

Steel Manufacturing

ATS has been involved in hundreds of projects for the steel industry over many years. Control applications using a wide variety of PLC and SCADA systems for ovens, rolling mills, transport systems, cranes and peripheral activities such as water treatment and cooling have been implemented in many plants in different countries. [...]

Production Overview at Ameron

This project covered the complete automation of the production process of Ameron. A JUMO Dicon 501 program controller and a SCADA-package PCVue 32 from Arc Informatique were used to control the process. [...]

Transport Conveyors & Cranes

Another of ATS’s very first applications involved the implementation of PLC’s for transport conveyors. More recently an ATS engineer helped to design and implement the Operator Interface and Control on a crane and conveyor system. [...]

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