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Benefits of integrated process,
power automation
By Mark Taft




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       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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