Link-up of 20 automation cells to form a final-assembly line with fully automatic product changeover


As a plant manufacturer, our customer realises customer-specific automation solutions from a single source for the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing sector. To this end, 20 individual automation cells had to be linked up to form a final-assembly line. We were responsible for the entire PLC and HMI software development for individual cells. This was based on the software standard used by the customer. We were also responsible for the technical clarification and planning of the interface connection to the MES level at the operating company.


Special machinery for the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing sector


With this project, we were able apply our know-how of the TIA Portal and the SIMATIC S7-1500 controller series from Siemens, as the customer had not previously used these technologies. The changeover was achieved through excellent teamwork involving five PLC programmers, of which three were members of the customer's staff, working together closely. Due to this rewarding partnership, further projects are in the pipeline. In particular, our quality awareness and the reliability and commitment of our staff were held in high regard.
The I/O test and functional commissioning at the operating company of the final-assembly line went off smoothly. It is now possible to perform a fully automatic product changeover from the MES level.

Technologies used:

  • Siemens TIA Portal V13 SP1 with Add-On Safety Advanced
  • Siemens Sinamics S120
  • Siemens S7-1515F/S7-1516F