Control Systems Intelligence for Machine and Process Control

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Andritz has launched Metris add IQ, a state-of-the-art digital control system for separation applications. It provides added value by enhancing availability and minimising production costs through increased equipment efficiency and fewer operating errors.

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The intuitive user interface of Metris add IQ control systems.
The intuitive user interface of Metris add IQ control systems.
(Source: Andritz Group)

This control system is a part of the Andritz digital solutions offered under the Metris technology brand enabling users to analyse and optimise processes. Features like predictive analysis allows operators to optimise availability and take preventive action to avoid downtime, states the firm. Capacity and quality are easy to control and enhance with customisable systems – this control system is based on the latest PLC (Programmable Logic Control) and HMI (Human Machine Interface) technologies and has an integrated fail-safe system.

Customisable Packages for Every Separation Challenge

The company offers various Metris add IQ packages, thus allowing every business involved in solid/liquid separation to optimise its performance – whether it is a huge municipal wastewater operation or a niche family brewery. All of the packages – Pure, Eco, Dynamic, Prime, And Flex – come with widescreen touch panels and an intuitive HMI.

According to the firm, the overall usability concept of the HMI takes the different requirements of the operating staff into account and enables operators with different levels of experience to fulfil their tasks at the same time. Easy-to-read icons diminish intercultural barriers and minimise translation and training efforts. What’s more, mobile connectivity features and a smart analysis function combine to guarantee operational accuracy 24/7 from any location.

Each package has individual specifics that are directly connected to the type of machine it is used for and can be combined with optional add-ons, such as add IQ Monitoring or add IQ Optimising.

Extend the Lifetime of Existing Equipment with Metris Add IQ Upgrades

The Metris add IQ control system is not only available for new machines, plants and processes, but can also be installed in existing facilities with minimal disruption. This makes it an ideal option for any business looking to reap the benefits of new technologies as well as for producers with outdated components that have reached their end of life and operations suffering from limitations in automation system capacity, opines the company.

Precise planning and painstaking preparation facilitate a dramatic reduction in downtime and allow production to keep flowing, even while changes are being made. The upgrade can be carried out in several steps to accommodate any production schedule; it is also platform-independent, and an existing technology can be incorporated or replaced as required, adds the firm. What’s more, everything that’s needed is provided from a single source: Andritz supplies the engineering, hardware, software, and equipment, as well as safety concept evaluation and implementation through to explosion zone investigations.