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01-29-2010 10:04 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: Hitachi Europe GmbH

Madurodam - The smallest city of the Netherlands is well controlled by Hitachi’s EH-150 Series PLC!

For more than 57 years Madurodam has been the smallest city in the Netherlands. Canals, gabled houses and all kinds of other typical Dutch scenes: the miniature city offers the highlights of the Netherlands on a scale 1:25. In miniature city Madurodam you can find the well-known buildings and scenes of The Netherlands. The Parliament buildings of The Hague, the canal houses of Amsterdam, the Alkmaar cheese market and little trees and gardens, all replicated in minute detail. Windmills turn, ships sail and modern trains are traversing the city on the world's largest miniature railway.

In order to control and synchronize the several moving parts in Madurodam, a sophisticated control system was needed. This system requires having excellent communication skills because of the wide area where all the parts of Madurodam are located. For this reason, Hitachi Europe GmbH’s Dutch distributor Hiflex Automatiseringstechniek B.V. could offer a dedicated solution based on Hitachi’s powerful, small modular PLC Series EH-150. Madurodam’s responsible system integrator Verkerk Group decided to utilize the Hitachi solution for the following reasons:

The good communication possibilities of Hitachi’s EH-150 PLC based on Ethetnet

TCP/IP for supervising and on Profibus-DP for decentralized Remote I/O systems.

The proven good quality and long term availability of the Hitachi PLC products.

The known high level of support from Hiflex Automatiseringstechniek B.V.

In total there are 6 EH-150 PLC’s installed in Madurodam which all communicate via Ethernet TCP/IP. The local control of the various items is realized based the EH-RIO remote I/O system using Profibus-DP as Fieldbus. The required level of automation for Madurodam is quite high and therefore the required amount of PLC components was very high which lead to a total sales of around 50.000,-€ only for PLC hardware.

According to Mr. Dick de Graaf, director of Hiflex Automatiseringstechiek B.V., Madurodam is a nice international reference project for Hitachi PLC since it is very well known in the Netherlands and attracts also many foreign visitors. Mr. de Graaf states that the combination of the complete Hitachi delivery portfolio with the local involvement of Hiflex and their flexible, customer oriented approach and the programming and installation skills of Verkerk was the key to a successful realization of this project.

Further information about Madurodam is available at

About Hitachi Europe Ltd.
Hitachi Europe Ltd., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., Japan. Headquartered in Maidenhead, UK, it has operations in 13 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and employs approximately 550 people.
Hitachi Europe comprises of nine business areas: rail systems; power and industrial systems; information systems; digital media and consumer products; display products; industrial components and equipment; air conditioning and refrigeration systems; manufacturing systems; and procurement and sourcing. Hitachi Europe also has three Research and Development laboratories and a design centre. For more information about the company, please visit

Hitachi Europe GmbH
Marketing : Karin Kosak
Am Seestern 18
40457 Düsseldorf

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