Process Control and Data Acquisition and Its Direct Impact On Plant-Wide Operational Excellence
Timothy E. Fudge, Bulk Chemicals, Inc., Pennsylvania, USA
Track: VALUE-ADDED PROCESSES - Packaging
ABSTRACT --- Achieving, or striving for, operational excellence utilizing integrated
process control and acquisition systems throughout the plant has become a reality.
Extrusion manufacturers are faced with antiquated systems that are not conducive to
providing real-time information. There are many challenges for engineers, IT personnel,
and supervisors in connecting systems on the plant floor. HMI (Human Machine
Interface) systems and their open architecture have matured, and companies are
employing them as enterprise plant-wide systems. Based on our experiences doing so,
we would like to demonstrate our approach and how this can be accomplished. The
advent of sophisticated process controllers and PC-based data acquisition computer
systems has offered the opportunity for what we at Bulk refer to as Total Process
Management Systems (TPM). Integration of these systems across a plant-wide platform
allows management to recognize that each and every process can provide a vital link to
real-time data, which is critical in the move toward Real-Time Performance Management
(RPM). The possibilities are endless! The information age has arrived, and applying
mature technology to ensure that processes are controlled and, most importantly, quality
is maintained, is the purpose of every HMI and process control system.
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