Optimization occurs on many fronts with an overall objective to improve efficiency and accuracy thought an enterprise. All areas of increased optimization have a direct contribution to reduce operational and maintenance costs.
A major part of the optimization process includes study services that focus on utilization of existing technology and infrastructures to be sure the systems are used to achieve the maximum efficacy and therefore reducing up-front optimization capital costs.
Some areas where most existing SCADA systems can immediately gain efficiency are:
- Integrated Data Acquisition and Reporting
- Process Automation
- Internet/Intranet web technology
- Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS)
- Maintenance Software Integration (CMMS)
Integrated Data Acquisition and Reporting
Integrating embedded technology of SCADA systems with database and intranet technology can save a great amount of time. The fact is that many enterprises are made up of many different business units that need to share operational data. Many times this information is collected and or reported by the SCADA system of porno casero in a raw format. The operations personnel then will complete operational log sheets and bench test data for later compilation to some type of reporting summary. This is the data format that is shared with the other business units as well reported to regulatory agencies. In most cases, these log sheets are in some type of spreadsheet format like MS Excel and have to be compiled to create a report on some interval basis. This takes time, sometimes allot of it.
Although this process works to achieve operational reporting requirements on a regular basis, going back in time to analyze data over some time period can simply be a nightmare. Often times business units need to analyze data over time and may ask operations to provide them with some aggregated data over some time period greater then one reporting interval. The operations staff has to review many spreadsheets or past reports to compile the requested data. For more information manual data acquisition, see our Excel Automation page.
With the integration of embedded SCADA technology and database and/or web technology, a lot of the areas can be automated to gain great operational efficiency and optimization. With some review of operational procedures and flow of data, a viable and expandable solution can be integrated to greatly increase your enterprise’s optimization.
For many systems; usually local, state, and federal forms and reports can be compiled automatically from manually entered data and historical SCADA data while allowing required personell to administrate all data and compiled reports.
The fact is that all manufacturing and processing enterprises can increase efficacy through increased automation. Manufacturing and processing systems rely on many distributed processes to work together to achieve a final product of certain quality and with the best efficiency. This requires close coordination between different process operations with sometime required close watch of process variable to achieve desired quality. Also, scheduling plays a big role in hitting efficiency targets.
Through automation, different processes can be linked and operational activities automated to free up operators to address other tasks and reduce overall workload. Also, using historical data and analysis tools, efficiency can be analyzed and tracked. This are can also identify problem areas that quickly that affect overall efficiency.
Internet/Intranet web technology
Using Intranet/Internet web technology can greatly increase efficiency of the entire enterprise. Integrating a web server with SCADA and other data acquisition activities, data can be interactively shared among an unlimited number of users with out any user software or configuration requirements. By using a web server to serve you enterprise through intranet or serve the public, this optimization is invaluable. Real-time and historical data can be monitored and analyzed by any authorized number of users simultaneously.
Integrated with today’s mobile and wireless technology, web and database programming is the ultimate solution. For example, a plant supervisor can be notified on his cell phone via text messaging or e-mail when a problem is occurring. He can then go to his PC at home and review all real-time and historical data securely over the Internet.
This configuration usually does not include the means of real time SCADA control for security reasons, however control is possible with proper configuration. However, all administrative data QA/QC can be done by authorized personnel via the internet.
Laboratory Information Management Software (LIMS)
In many processes, there are analytical tests that must be performed by personnel. These tests enable the process authority to comply with quality control and regulatory requirements. An extensive amount of data tracking and control is required.
As a result, various Laboratory Information Management Software systems have become available to aid in this data management and have proven to be a great tool for any enterprise.
The key to any great LIMS system is its proper integration. There are many off the shelf LIMS products available but choosing software is not in any case all that is required. Quality engineering and information integration makes up a very large part of any LIMS integration. Quality engineering involving a complete understanding of your laboratory process and comprehensive knowledge of online instrumentation and data acquisition are a must. In order to optimize the return on your LIMS investment 7you must invest in its proper integration.
Icproe offers a comprehensive LIMS integration service that includes all engineering and integration services required to successfully integrate your new LIMS solution. We will work with you to determine the scope of the objectives and provide study-engineering services to compile clear integration specifications using your feedback and review of budgetary/schedule information.
With objectives clearly specified, Icproe will then work to integrate a total turn- key solution. This may include various methods of procurement and execution depending on our client, but the result is always clear. Our clients will receive exactly what they are expecting at the highest quality in execution and integration.
Icproe can provide the total turn-key integration or help you to procure all products and services. We provide high quality engineering specification and contract administration services for all our projects. Where various laws for procurement are applicable and we are hired for contract / bid administration services, the same standards apply to all contractors and sub contractors.