Invensys Operations Management has announced the availability of an updated version of its Wonderware IntelaTrac mobile workforce management and decision-support system.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms has announced the availability of the Proficy SmartStart Manufacturing Energy Management Solution, a packaged software and services solution that offers a low-risk approach to energy savings within manufacturing. Providing insight into energy usage, the application is designed to help users reduce energy costs, improve production planning, identify sources of energy waste and drive energy management best practices, while correlating energy costs with manufacturing production.
Invensys Operations Management has announced that its Avantis.PRO enterprise asset management (EAM) software is now more tightly integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The integration of these software packages is claimed to provide a powerful, easy-to-use solution that ensures financial and enterprise-planning decisions are made using timely, reliable information about the health and operation of all assets within a manufacturing facility or organisation.
ExperTune’s PlantTriage version 9 now allows an engineer or technician to tune over 50 control loops a day. PlantTriage identifies loops to be tuned and gives the best PID values and before-and-after simulations quickly confirm the settings.
Invensys Operations Management has introduced the Wonderware Corporate Energy Management Application, designed to enable manufacturing and industrial automation customers to implement an energy management program and achieve sustainability goals.
Field Device Type (FDT) technology remains one of the automation industry’s best-kept secrets. In spite of this, it is rapidly gaining market acceptance by simplifying the digital communication between a plant’s field devices and its control environment. It is at the heart of a ‘smart’ plant’s IT infrastructure and can deliver major cost savings to the plant’s operations.
As well as being a source of information, the internet allows people to interact on a social level. Social internet-based environments have many powerful applications that can be utilised to service equipment in the industrial sector.
As part of its Solution Enhancement Support Program (SESP), OneSteel implemented a secure, online connection to Honeywell’s global technical assistance centre (TAC) support team enabling faster and more accurate problem identification and resolution.
Camvnet (Control and Monitoring Via the Net) is an internet-based remote asset management system with process control applications.
IFS has launched its Eco-footprint Management tool to provide organisations with control and transparency on the environmental impact of their operations. The tool offers customers an enterprise standard methodology to help them control costs and meet the need to prepare for compliance with environmental legislation.
Every plant has some sort of system in place for managing calibration operations and data, but the different methods for doing it vary greatly in terms of cost, quality, efficiency and accuracy of data.
ExperTune’s PlantTriage software now includes a tool that graphically highlights plant interactions. Using the Interaction Hot Spots tool, engineers can quickly pinpoint the root cause of process interactions. Engineers can resolve these upsets to improve quality, energy, production rate and process uptime.
Not so long ago the main reason companies monitored equipment condition was to reduce direct maintenance expenses. Condition monitoring and its logical extension, condition-based maintenance, served them well by identifying impending failures early enough to avoid costly repairs and reducing downtime by only performing maintenance when required.
Process plants can make significant reductions in energy usage, with appropriate focus. Using the techniques presented here it is typical to see energy savings from 0.5% to 2% of total energy cost, with some plants seeing as much as 20% reduction. These techniques can be applied with little capital investment.
The Vibromac 107 is designed to provide continuous condition monitoring. An upgrade from previous versions, the system allows the user increased plant availability, through the monitoring of many operational conditions involved in screening and feeding of material.