Intelligent Automation: Business System Integration Welcome to the fifth post in the Intelligent Automation Educational Series, there are a total of six posts and videos that go along with them….
Corso Systems implemented FactoryTalk VantagePoint and FactoryTalk Historian to store and analyze process data at multiple facilities for a leading diatomaceous earth processing company.
A leading diatomaceous earth processing facility was storing its production data in Excel spreadsheets. The long-term effects of this method lead to large amounts of spreadsheets on their servers, and made it difficult to access necessary information efficiently. The best remedy for this problem was to move to a web-based solution. This approach provided a centralized database to store the data and an interface for authorized users to enter, edit, and view the data.
Our staff worked with a solar power provider to develop and implement a web-based monitoring system for use at 3 of their new solar power plants. The website was configured to allow internal users to monitor real-time data from each facility, with data access to the general public on a 30 day delay. The system provided operational staff with automatic email and text notifications of equipment alarms. The site included functionality for customer invoicing and utility reporting to comply with regulatory requirements.
Corso met with the SCADA operations team for a large solar power provider to discuss a standardized system built using Wonderware System Platform. The goal was to build objects for the various pieces of equipment at a solar plant, inverters, breakers, power meters, etc., to enable rapid deployment of SCADA systems for new facilities. As part of developing the system, we developed a standardized naming convention for the facilities and all of the data points to allow a script to populate a centralized OSI PI Historian with data from each facility.
A diatomaceous earth processing company had two facilities with Wonderware Historian installations on older server hardware. After years of exposure to an extremely harsh environment, the server at one of the facilities catastrophically failed. We were able to recover historical data from the machine and exported it to FactoryTalk Historian. The Wonderware Historian configuration was migrated to FactoryTalk Historian and the data was imported with no loss of data.