Case Study

The Italian potato experts have
chosen Progea’s Movicon solution.

Production line monitoring and control and production plant parameter
modification tracing systems are centralized with Movicon 11 supervision

In 2017 they started up a new logistic platform using sophisticated and low environmental impact automation systems in San Pietro in Casale, in the Province of Bologna, Italy. Fruit of cutting-edge engineering technology, the logistic platform is their first step in establishing a new production hub which is now the most important in southern Europe.
The architecture comprises a virtual Movicon server to which a local client and five Web Clients are connected. The production manager has exclusive use of the local client, otherwise known as thin client, while Web Clients can use any browser to access the server from various types of devices, such as smartphone, tablet or PC, with personalized password protection.
The application connects the company’s various plant automation systems and stand-alone PLC systems of different brand names to one unique control platform.

We knew back then in 2011, when starting the project, that we would have to develop and integrate other functions further on in the future. Movicon’s modularity has allowed us to build and expand the project over time without creating any major expenses in addition to the initial costs

Ivan Tedeschini CEO I.T. Technologies Srl

Throughout the years since then, systems of various makes that connect using different communication drivers, such as PLC Siemens, Allen Bradley, Modbus equipment, both RTU and Ethernet have been integrated. The factory’s process data has also been integrated and stored on a relational database with the use of historical trends to view the most important process variables.
The ability to collect energy values has helped develop strategies to improve productivity. This has resulted indispensable especially when, for example, changing production. The upstream machines can be held on hold for new instructions while other sections of the production line can be switched off entirely or put on standby.

the protagonists

Pizzoli Spa

Pizzoli Spa was established in 1926 in Budrio, in the province of Bologna, when Mario Pizzoli decided to startup a small activity in buying and selling locally grown potatoes by selling them to the highest bidder. In addition to the classical fried chips, their portfolio also started including other varieties such as potato wedges, cubes, croquettes and gnocchi.

I.T. Technologies

I.T. Technologies is an Italian company that design engineers and installs software solutions and electric panels in the industrial automation sector. They went into operation in 2000 and soon gained success in contributing towards design engineering and installing systems in various industrial automation sectors.

The product

Movicon ™ 11 è la soluzione sicura e affidabile per tutte quelle aziende che hanno bisogno di sviluppare e mantenere applicazioni software di supervisione, controllo e acquisizione dati con interfaccia operatore in cui è possibile accedere ai dati da remoto o da sistemi mobili.

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