Mitsubishi releases MAPS 4 SCADA platform25 February 2019

MAPS 4, the latest SCADA solution from Mitsubishi Electric for control and visualisation, extends connectivity options, adds user tools and increases the scope of its built-in functionality.

The full process suite is said to deliver flexibility in handling, automating, controlling, verifying and auditing processes. It provides a full life-cycle planning, management and integration platform for applications from manufacturing to infrastructure. There is also a dedicated HMI version available for machine builders and customers that require a more lightweight SCADA solution for localised control and visualisation tasks.

The SCADA software suite has useful everyday features such as an MS Excel bulk-configuration tool. This tool for example enables Excel users to create a large part of a SCADA project, for instance tag databases, logging, and alarm definitions, in an intuitive and easy to use environment. The user also benefits from the many copy/paste and mass-configuration functionalities in Excel.

There are also libraries for Mitsubishi Electric factory automation hardware and other PLC and RTU drivers pre-installed to help routine configuration. Pre-configured object template models are available, and there is the possibility to create new models. Project changes can be deployed centrally to provide a single point of engineering.

Secure data sharing and cross platform connectivity are both high priorities for many process management applications. Therefore the SCADA solution can be hosted locally, in the cloud or privately. It can also be connected to other third-party cloud hosted environments. Developed around popular industry standards such as OPC DA and UA, MQTT and BACNet, the entire software suite is effectively Industry 4.0 and IIoT ready, according to Mitsubishi. Secure web connections provide easy browser-based monitoring and operation for PCs and mobile devices.

The amount of physical programming required is kept low, says Mitsubishi, even when the complexity of the application increases.

Will Dalrymple

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