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Business System Integration, Process Control, and Analytics for Oil and Gas Refinery

By April 21, 2013 August 8th, 2019 No Comments

Project Summary

Jaxon Energy and Cam 2 International teamed up with Corso Systems to implement a process control and information system for its Vicksburg, MS refinery. Jaxon leveraged Siemens WinCC Open Architecture platform plant operation and secure remote and mobile device access the facility.

The control system utilized Siemens S7-1200 PLCs and WinCC Open Architecture, giving Jaxon Energy more power and flexibility than they were able to achieve on any of their existing systems, at less cost.

WinCC OA’s built-in trending tools were customized to provide drag and drop access to historical information, with a custom solution for material reconciliation and LIMS needs, which was all fully integrated into Jaxon Energy’s business systems.


Jaxon Energy’s goal was to implement a control system for their new refining facility in Vicksburg, MS. The solution had to meet their operational requirements, which included flexibility to process many different types of raw material, remote and mobile access to the facility from their corporate headquarters, and historical data collection with powerful data analysis tools. They needed these to be fully integrated with their corporate business systems.

We developed and utilized repeatable equipment logic templates for the  Siemens S7-1200 PLC. WinCC OA, with graphic templates and scripting objects, worked seamlessly with the S7-1200 to operate the plant. This architecture reduced overall development time, compared to similar systems, by over 40%.

The WinCC OA Ultralight client was deployed to enable remote access from to the plant from Jaxon’s Reno, NV headquarters and mobile devices. WinCC OA’s built-in historian tools historize process data and the built-in trending tools display a comprehensive and contextualized picture of process conditions.

For shipping and receiving product reconciliation, Corso Systems developed a custom solution utilizing Microsoft’s ASP.NET MVC platform. This system was designed to allow operators to track incoming raw material and outgoing finished product shipments, including quality information. Combined with the control system, this provides an end-to-end account of the location and quality of every drop of material in the facility at any given time.


  • Plant can be safely operated by both experienced operators and those new to Oil & Gas
  • Robust controls using Siemens PLCs and WinCC OA software
  • Total process visibility with trending, analytics, and reporting
  • Remote access to system supports operational requirements, enabling management of multiple facilities
  • Startup duration and maintenance requirements minimized with up-front engineering and development time
  • Reduced startup duration
  • Robust safety systems
  • Completely integrated operations

Project Details

Oil & Gas
Vicksburg MS
Process Controls, Data Analytics, LIMS System, & Business System Integration


  • Siemens S7-1200
  • WinCC Open Architecture
  • WinCC OA Ultralight Client
  • Siemens NanoBox Industrial PC
  • Microsoft ASP.NET MVC
  • SQL Server


  • Safety
  • Reliable Controls
  • Complete Process Visibility
  • Simplify operations
  • Finished product flexibility
  • Material accountability