Whether we look at the Automotive or Food industry, Power or Sugar, Cement or Textile, Paper or Sewage Treatment – we see that most industrial processes and machines today are automated, and that the level of automation keeps growing. Modern industrial automation systems are smarter and more advanced than ever before.
Industrial automation is all about PLC. It is the PLC that provides the power and ‘intelligence’ of smart automation systems. PLC stands for programmable logic controller. It is a specialised computer control unit that automatically controls the different processes, devices and components in an industrial system, and makes decisions based on a custom programme. The application of PLC in industry is infinite.
Did you know that in India, the first company to build PLCs was Messung Systems? Yes, it was way back in the early 1980s. Established in Pune, it was the first PLC manufacturing company that launched the country’s first PLC in 1984.
Today, so many decades later, Messung continues to rank amongst the top 10 PLC manufacturers and leading industrial automation companies in India, with PLC brands that have proven themselves in thousands of installations across applications and industries, all over the country. Messung’s integrated solutions with PLC programming for industrial automation as per specific customer requirements, makes Messung the preferred PLC manufacturer in almost every industry vertical.
Let’s go back in time to the period when Messung was founded and trace its eventful journey.
In those early days, automation of industrial machinery was usually done using electro-mechanical contactors that created logical interactions by using the NC/NO contacts and electrical wiring to achieve logical decisions and interlocks. There were no PLC manufacturers in India to give solutions to machine manufacturers.
In the 1980s, the first few varieties of PLCs were launched. The early PLCs had a minimum “set of instruction”, and mainly covered logical functions like ‘And’ ‘Or’ ‘store output’ ‘load’ and ‘complement’ functions that were used to create simple ladder diagrams which were easy to understand by electrical control engineers.
In the mid-80s, microprocessor-based PLCs were developed, based on the Zilog-80 and Intel micro-processor based eight-bit technology. The simple ‘instruction set’ now had ‘word’ functions including ‘move’, ‘compare’, ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ along with simple mathematics, software timers; counters were possible.
One could also achieve functionalities like simple PID controls, replace ‘Drum wheel’ controllers, Sequence timer functions. More complex automation applications could be done with proper automation functions and interlocks including Arithmetic calculations e.g.
In 1981, Messung was founded, and began developing a prototype Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) in a humble garage. Within a couple of years, Messung launched Meprolog-H, India’s first indigenous PLC. It was a 1-bit processor-based PLC, and in 1984, the first one was installed at Kirloskar Oil Engines, Pune.
In 1986, Meprolog-H won the G.S.Parkhe Award and FIE Foundation Award for Best Product Design, and in 1988, Farook Merchant, the founder of Messung, received the National Award for Outstanding Entrepreneur. The following year, Messung launched XMP8-40*, the first 8-bit microprocessor-based PLC which went on to achieve 6000 installations.
The following decade saw Messung continue on its journey of indigenous innovation. In 1992, XMP8-20* PLC was designed for smaller, compact machines, and installed in 12000 projects. Three years later, XMP8-10*, the ‘small wonder’ was launched and used in 25000 installations.
In 1996, Messung won the International WISITEX Award and Award for Excellence in Electronics by Govt. of India – achievements that only fuelled Messung’s passion for innovation. In 1998, NEXGEN 4000* PLC was designed in modular structure – and went on to win the FIE Award for Best Product Design.
In 2001, the NEXGEN 5000* PLC based on IEC 61131-3 standards was developed and in 2008, the NEXTO* PLC was developed. The next year, NEXGENIE* PLC was launched. In 2017, Messung launched the advanced NX-ERA series of PLCs for Industrial Automation.
Messung Industrial Automation & Controls is the flagship division of the diversified Messung Group. It presents advanced PLC control systems capable of controlling, in a distributed and redundant way, complex industrial processes, machines and high-performance production lines.
Messung’s portfolio of essential components, intelligent devices and integrated PLC systems facilitate well-informed decision-making and efficient controls. They offer reliable, real-time solutions with flexibility and scalability for expansions and easy integration in the future.
Messung Industrial Automation solutions cover a gamut of applications in Process Automation, Servo & Motion Control Automation, and General Purpose Automation. Messung’s turnkey solutions are Industry 4.0-compatible, smart Cloud-based solutions to provide “Any time Anywhere” supervisory and control features.
The Series of PLC controllers includes the modular NX-ERA Premium, and the NX-ERA Xpress developed indigenously by Messung (as per IEC 61131 programming standard). NX-ERA Xpress is a famous PLC offering advanced features in a compact footprint. It is the best PLC for entry-level applications.
XM-PRO Remote I/Os innovated by Messung including Modbus RTU and CanOpen
Messung’s high-end process automation & control solutions in India help process industries meet their quality and productivity challenges, meet the highest technical demands for speed, quality, operational reliability, system availability and more. PLC applications examples include Oil & gas, Sugar, Pulp & Paper, Water & Sewage Treatment, Power.
Messung delivers fully integrated, future-proof solutions incorporating programmable logic controllers, motion control systems, servo drive products, VFDs, HMIs and much more – to bring flexibility, consistency and long-term availability for factory automation. PLC and industrial robots are an example of these solutions.
Messung is the PLC company that custom designs and manufactures General Purpose Automation solutions for varied equipment in diverse application areas. Messung’s cutting-edge technology in PLC systems, remote I/Os, servo drives, VFDs, etc. enables high-performance, flexible machines that are information-enabled, and easy to integrate. They deliver real-timed diagnostics and maximise control, optimising safety, speed and productivity.
Looking for PLC control unit, PLC assembly or PLC industrial automation solution? Messung is your go-to PLC manufacturer in India. One of the country’s large PLC companies, Messung can provide customised solutions and reliable service support across the country.
* All products mentioned before 2012 are now the Intellectual Property of Mitsubishi Electric India Private Limited