Protect your process during control system changes

Nov 9, 2011 7:29:00 AM | Posted by Chad Harper

Quite often, automation projects become a plug-and-chug exercise in getting the code and HMI into the control system, according to the specifications, with little thought to the true purpose and strategy. This type of automation implementation can be successful, but does not protect your process from the dangers involved in making control system changes.

Before someone modifies your control system, do you check to make sure they understand the process they’re working on? Do they even take the time to ask good questions? With today’s advanced technology and intuitive tools, you can find people who can code logic and draw pictures — but are they really experts, and are they looking out for your plant’s best interest?

A successful automation project starts with all team members aware of the process they’re working on, the economic drivers that make money for the plant, and how all of that fits into the code and HMI they’re developing. While these issues seem obvious or trivial, this kind of insistence will provide consistently better results on projects.

MAVERICK Technologies strongly adheres to these rules, in projects like these:

  • Control system migration, when the team should be doing more than just migrating the code line-by-line, and should be really in tune with how the migration will affect the plant, both during the project and afterwards.
  • During the front end engineering and justification effort, where understanding the process, the cost drivers and the return on investment are critical to justifying the project.
  • An advanced control / optimization project, where detailed process knowledge and expertise make your control system work for you in ways you’ve never imagined.

MAVERICK’s insistence that our project teams take time up front to learn about your process makes sure that at every point in the project, the team members have your biggest concern at heart, making sure your plant is making money, now and into the future.

Topics: Process Expertise