Today’s process industry is comprised of many intelligent control systems, connected via some wired or wireless network to allow process information to be viewed and controlled by an operator interface. Earlier this month, Optimation participated in a Process Solutions User Group put on by Rockwell Automation located in Houston Texas. This event consisted of over 1000 colleagues and software and equipment experts, who joined together for this event to discuss where they are going with new products, and solicit feedback from users regarding successes and challenges faced in current releases.
Rockwell hosted a recent webinar highlighting its batch technology. It introduced the new capabilities of FT Batch V13 which were summarized as follows:
It's been a few weeks since Rockwell's Automation Fair and I wanted to capture my thoughts before too much more time had transpired. I was mainly there for the Process System Users group meeting (PSUG) and it did not disappoint, but before going into the technical review, let me share some pleasantries about the city that is "too busy to hate."
We all heard the news last week that Rockwell Automation has purchased Maverick Technologies. Rockwell is a leading manufacturer in North America (The Control/ARC List ranks them fourth). Maverick Technologies is one of the leading systems integrators in the United States, and according to the press release, with revenue approaching 100 million dollars and over 300 employees. (Control Engineering System Integrator Giants List for 2015 lists Maverick as the 5th largest SI in the USA with revenue of 68M).
This post originally appear in Automation World's CSIA Guest Blog.
As Rockwell Automation's Process Solutions Users Group Meeting draws near, what do you want to learn about your PlantPAx systems? For me, I would like to devise an even more standardized way to configure the virtual deployments.
Optimation has just been awarded a batch weighing system for food grade products. The system handles sequencing of different ingredients into a scale and then discharge of the scale into a mixer. These formulations are normally 10 to 12 different ingredients and there are hundreds of different formulations. The typical run size is in tons with approximate 2 tons per batch; therefore 5 to 20 batches of the same formation will be scheduled consecutively.
What a great message to deliver for Rockwell's Process System Users Group in Chicago!
Our client had an obsolete DCS running S88 Batch recipes and was looking to migrate to a modern solution. No problem right? Since they were running at capacity the only shut down available was during regularly scheduled maintenance. It is an understatement to say that our team had a lot of concern. The great news is that the concerns were unfounded and the project finished on time and on budget.
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It’s been just a few weeks since my FT Batch presentation at the Rockwell Process Systems User’s group meeting in Chicago and I remain overwhelmed by a significant theme of the event: our modern DCS systems are now a “connected enterprise.” If you read this overview article on Rockwell’s site, The Connected Enterprise puts the Industrial internet of Things to Work for You, you can see that we have moved past just talking about IoT and on to actually being “connected.”