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DIMA - FOUNDATION FOR INTELLIGENTLY NETWORKED SYSTEMS

A Revolutionary Automation Solution for the Process Industry

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At the NAMUR China Conference 2015 in Shanghai, WAGO will present modular solutions for the process industry that will provide system operators with greater flexibility and reduce their automation costs.

At this year’s NAMUR China Conference in November, WAGO is presenting solutions for the process industry, including DIMA (Decentralized Intelligence for Modular Applications). The DIMA method was developed in response to NAMUR’s 2013 NE 148 recommendation regarding automation solutions for modular process systems. This requirement stems from the needs of process system operators, who must respond faster to changes driven by new customer requirements, markets or production conditions.

Unlike conventional and closed system architectures that have traditional visualization and process control systems with I/O and control levels, DIMA focuses on equipping self-contained modules with their own intelligence. For this purpose, the system architecture is divided into two areas: the management level (“only” assumes complete process monitoring and procedure control) and the individual process modules (incorporating an I/O level and their part of the automation). Cross-system functions, e.g., recipe management, are performed by higher-level automation; the automation within the modules handles all base functions.

Centerpiece of DIMA — the Module Type Package

Module Type Packages (MTP) describe the modules. The MTPs contain information on process control integration, operating and monitoring functions, as well as batch functions. The module supplier configures the module, the system operator uses the appropriate MTP in integration engineering and then configures the overall system. Communication between management level and a module is service-oriented (SOA, Service-Oriented Architecture).

With DIMA, automation modules can be equipped with their own intelligence and, just like modular LEGO® building bricks, are easily integrated into systems and flexibly replaced later. This generates a manufacturing process that is networked to a high degree, is exceedingly flexible and is incredibly customizable. This means system operators can become significantly more flexible over the entire lifecycle of their systems — they’ll be able to quickly react to changing market demands and can offer customer-specific products at competitive prices.

The DIMA approach stands ready to satisfy one of the essential drivers of Industry 4.0: the digitalization of the value-added chain.