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Industry is the number one consumer of power, consuming roughly 1/3 of the energy used in the U.S. The creation of a unified environment to monitor and control the process and the electrical systems that provide the energy as a raw material to the process allows operations to make decisions based on dollars and cents as opposed to being limited to temperatures and voltages. Potential returns from a unified view to the process and power automation systems include: * Reduced engineering and commissioning time for integrated projects * Reduced investment and operational costs through reduction of duplicate equipment, more effective deployment of staff, and lower training costs * Increased productivity and decreased downtime by quickly identifying and reacting to degradation that may lead to process upsets * Optimal results from maintenance activities through deployment of condition based asset monitors for all electrical and process control intelligent devices in a facility via one common system to manage all plant assets * Reduced energy costs through better insight to the process areas and equipment that drive energy consumption and implementation of power management applications In an environment that traditionally is not quick to change, whether it is mining, pulp and paper, petrochemicals, oil and gas, or power generation, end users are embracing the potential that integration of process and power automation systems can bring by addressing social, economic, and environmental goals for their companies.
executive corner | Tip and Strategies for Managers Beneﬁts of integrated process, power automation By Mark Taft F or those who feel they have optimized complicated mapping of information from cal devices to automation systems, pro- just about everything they can, there the devices. This leads to increased project cess plant owners have the opportunity are still real opportunities for improve- execution cost and risk, long commission- to create a uniﬁed environment. ment in process manufacturing facilities. ing cycles, ﬁnger-pointing, and difﬁcult Integration of process and power automa- Integrating the electrical equipment in and expensive lifecycle support. In addi- tion systems provides a single point for ERP a plant to the process automation systems tion, organizational barriers exist between access, a centralized data historian, common is the next frontier in delivering productiv- the automation and electrical disciplines at alarm and event lists, in addition to one op- ity improvements. process manufacturers as well as engineer- erational view of the process. Potential re- turns from a uniﬁed view to the process and One thing is certain: All facilities can beneﬁt from the use of power automation systems include: n Reduced engineering and commission- added intelligence available from today’s electrical devices ing time for integrated projects to reduce maintenance costs and improve energy efﬁciency. n Reduced investment and operational costs through reduction of duplicate Industry is the number one consumer of ing ﬁrms and suppliers. equipment, more effective deployment power, consuming roughly 1/3 of the energy Today, quite a few of the technical of staff, and lower training costs used in the U.S. The creation of a uniﬁed en- challenges have been addressed with n Increased productivity and decreased vironment to monitor and control the pro- the emergence of new technologies and downtime by quickly identifying and cess and the electrical systems that provide standards for the integration of intelli- reacting to degradation that may lead the energy as a raw material to the process gent devices on the plant ﬂoor. One such to process upsets allows operations to make decisions based technology standard for integration and n Optimal results from maintenance ac- on dollars and cents as opposed to being cross communication of intelligent electri- tivities through deployment of condi- limited to temperatures and voltages. cal devices is IEC 61850. This standard, tion based asset monitors for all elec- Process manufacturers i
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