Climate Change with Industrial Automation and PLC Arduino
Monitoring the effects of climate change
Industrial Monitoring with industrial PLC controller Arduino
The study of polar ecosystems helps to understand alterations in climate change. One of the ways to analyse the environment under controlled conditions is through mesocosms or outdoor experimental systems.
In the following Success Story, you will see how our customer installed 12 mesocosms in the town of New Ålesund — on the island of Svalbard (Norway)— to monitor changes at the North Pole.
The rapid disappearance of sea ice is a clear indicator of the global climate crisis. Glacial fronts and sea-ice systems are hotspots of biodiversity. Their evaporation will threaten Arctic coastal ecosystem function and ultimately local livelihoods.
The overall objective of FACE-IT is to enable adaptive co-management of social-ecological fjord systems in the Arctic in the face of rapid changes in the cryosphere and biodiversity.
FACE-IT was looking for a Programmable Logic Controller solution easy to program and integrate with sensors. In order to manage and implement a monitoring system, Industrial Shields proposed the installation of several M-Duino42+ industrial controllers.
The implemented solution consists of locating 12 mesocosms:
3 of them will be control mesocosms
The experiment will be applied in the remaining 9 mesocosms
Each mesocosm has its own 3-way temperature control valve and 2-way freshwater control valve, connected to the analog signal in the PLCs.
Multiple sensors connected to an RS-485 bus are used to measure multiple parameters such as salinity, turbidity and temperature.
Each PLC is responsible for the regulation of 3 mesocosms. The master PLC is responsible for data logging, via a µSD card and communication with a control computer.
The connection between the PLCs and the computer is made through RJ45 ports, via WebSocket protocol.
Finally, a C# programming language interface is developed on the computer to monitor and control the experiment.
Why Industrial Shields®?
Industrial Shields won the project and beat its main competitors thanks to two main factors:
Free cost of the programming platform
Flexibility of programming
Check the products of this case study
Industrial Arduino automation PLC and HMI Raspberry Pi
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