Monday, October 15, 2018

Part 2 - A Shift for Process Instrumentation: Solving Process Control Problems with Cloud-Based Solutions

Automated Device Commissioning
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ADC is an abbreviation for "Automated Device Commissioning", sometimes referred to as "Smart Commissioning". From a practical standpoint, it is a set of engineering techniques and processes to check, inspect and test every operational component of a project. Workflows incorporating lean engineering can benefit from designing instrument configurations before the hardware is actually delivered to the facility.

ADC/Smart Commissioning can be used to do the following:
  • Reduce commissioning time to a fraction of the original hours needed.
  • Mechanically binds control configuration.
  • Reduces the need to verify I/O assignments.
  • Helps avoid costly errors in wiring and termination.
  • Automates intelligent device testing and documentation.
Use of ADC/Smart Commissioning promotes efficiency for automation projects.  In the early stages of projects, engineers used to have to deal with repetitive and complicated tasks to get the project set up.  Now with this new approach, teams of engineers can work on the project collectively, and at the same time, without needing to be physically at the same site.  Cloud-based engineering activities are also handled separate from the project hardware so the schedule doesn't necessarily drive the project.

ADC/Smart Commissioning helps engineers to confirm that the right transmitter is landed on the correct controller input/output module. (I/O)  If a mismatch is determined, the engineer can fix the mismatch in real time.  Then, once the hardware configuration is confirmed, the user can perform loop checkout as well.  The tool's loop test checkout template is simply modified using Excel and then the ADC/Smart Commissioning function runs the test according to the project plan.

In the industrial sector, capable engineers are retiring from the workforce and manufacturing companies are being forced to accomplish their work with fewer experienced employees. At the same time, as always, there continues to be the need to reduce maintenance costs and operating costs. Companies are looking for new answers and solutions to optimize project results  to track performance, monitoring, and reliability of process instrumentation.

Cloud-based engineering tools have the opportunity to make employees more productive and to drive efficiencies in manufacturing plants.  They reduce engineering hours and make commissioning steps more efficient, shortening device commissioning time.  They also have the potential to improve user safety, streamline usability, and significantly decrease budges for maintenance.

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