Having served us well over the past 10 years, it was time to rewite our P3 MAS (Mixer Automation System) to bring it up to date with Technology. Written originally in 2010 for a Windows XP / 7 machine using an SQL database, it has worked flawlessly making thousands of batches of Fabric Conditioner and All-purpose cleaners over the past 10 years.
With Microsoft removing support for windows 7, it was time for a complete rewrite. Moving away from the SQL database to Flat XML files will allow easier backup and restore of recipe files and direct communications to the Siemens S7 and Allen Bradley PLCs will simplify the PLC code required for the system. Fully windows 10 compliant the new system will now be called “MixerNet” as it uses the Microsoft .Net framework.