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Water Process

Batch and continuous process equipment

General purpose software development tools, methods, technologies and standards are usually not directly applicable to the industrial automation domain, because of the special nature of the applications. Our water process can be used to imitate parts of industrial pulp and paper production processes with certain simplifications. The process consists of four tanks which are highly interconnected and enable the specification of several different kinds of applications with the same equipment. This makes it possible to develop a sufficient software repository to study issues such as the reuse of component-based control software.

The process has been used in a number of events with participants from several companies and research organizations. The events have had a dual goal of disseminating research on new technologies and related development methods to the Finnish industry while at the same time adapting these methods to the existing work practices and constraints of the industry.

Related publications:

Mika Strömman, Seppo Sierla, Jukka Peltola, Kari Koskinen: Professional designers’ adaptations of IEC 61499 to their individual work practices: ETFA’2006 11th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, September 20-22, 2006, Prague, Czech Republic.

Jukka P. Peltola, Seppo A. Sierla, Mika P. Strömman, and Kari O. Koskinen: Process Control with IEC 61499: Designers’ Choices at Different Levels of the Application Hierarchy: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Informatics, 16-18 August 2006, Singapore.