Comprehensive process overview in water management Water Functions software library
Easy measurement and control of system processes with standardized software
Efficient engineering with ready-made function blocks
Secure remote communication via standardized protocols, such as IEC 60870-5-101, -104, and OPC UA
Connection to all market-standard control systems, thanks to openness for proven and modern interfaces
Fast creation of visualizations with industry-typical visualization objects for motors, pumps, fans, and valves
The process at a glance Warendorf wastewater treatment plant
In the return sludge pumping station of the Warendorf wastewater treatment plant, the sludge from the final purification tanks is pumped to a higher level using three screw conveyors. This is then conveyed to the upstream processes and the digester towers. The Water Functions function block library, which is specifically tailored to the water industry, allows the operator to monitor the entire treatment process and to intervene quickly, when necessary. With the software library from Phoenix Contact, the team at Warendorf have found the ideal tool for straightforward programming and local visualization.
Future-oriented process automation
Water management technologies and procedures are constantly being developed and adapted. To ensure the best possible supply and cost-effectiveness for operations, process plants require continuous optimization and adaptation. Functions such as scaling measured values, controlling units, and alarm management of a plant support smooth operation. Modern applications and software solutions are the result of close collaboration with representatives of the water industry and analysis of the market requirements.
Process plants in water management are subject to a continuous process of change. To meet these requirements, Water Functions – the ready-to-use solution for a comprehensive process overview – is also subject to ongoing further development.
Water Functions The process library for water management
Water Functions for the modular PLCnext Engineer software platform extends the control technology from Phoenix Contact with functions for process automation in water and wastewater treatment. Using programmed function blocks, the software library simplifies the measurement and control of system processes in wastewater treatment and drinking water treatment.
Field devices such as drives, sliders, and valves are integrated quickly and easily. Time and engineering costs can be saved with industry-typical visualization blocks.
The library includes a basic function for simple applications, complex drive, valve, and measurement blocks, and blocks for connection to a SCADA system.
Fast system engineering
System integrators ensure the availability of your system with certified functionality tailored to water management. Water Functions facilitates quick and easy engineering. Pre-programmed function blocks ensure quick and easy closed-loop control and actuation of field devices.
Water Functions has a modular function block concept, which makes it ideal for flexible use. We provide the ability to address individual needs in the field of control cabinet manufacturing. Thanks to an extensive range of function blocks, you can efficiently develop and easily implement your own concepts.
Integrate industry-typical field devices, such as measuring devices or frequency converters for pumps and blowers, efficiently using the programmed function blocks in the process library.
Various technologies, such as PROFIBUS, PROFINET, Modbus, and OPC UA, enable new and existing field devices to be integrated into the overall system without any problems. All key process data, such as speeds of rotation, power consumption, and fill levels, is acquired reliably using a PLCnext Control device – the PLC for PLCnext Technology – and transmitted to the control system.
Thanks to the continuous further development of the Water Functions library, the number of possible connections is constantly growing. Close cooperation with device manufacturers for the water management industry guarantees the verified and efficient integration of field devices.
Display motors, pumps, fans, and valves with Water Functions Visu – the extended software version with visualization function. Ready-to-use visualization objects for the PLCnext Engineer HMI editor make it easier for you to create process displays in water management. For your alarm management, HMI icons such as control dialogs and alarm lists can be easily connected with the function blocks.
It’s up to you how you control the function blocks: either access a local visualization via our HMI editor or use your own visualization tool, which can be connected via OPC UA.
Function blocks for PLCnext Engineer
Water Functions is based on the PLCnext Technology ecosystem, the open control platform for future-proof automation. Using PLCnext Engineer, our proprietary development environment, experience the openness of this system in the implementation of programming in water and wastewater applications.
The software libraries for PLCnext Engineer are available to download as an app in the PLCnext Store. With the solution app, you can add more technical functions for your industrial application to PLCnext Control devices easily and directly, without needing any additional programming knowledge.