PlantPAx delivers user-friendly, connected, and efficient DCS
WPI has now converted the entire pulp production area to Rockwell Automation’s PlantPAx DCS, where it can now take advantage of a standardised DCS that is simple to update, modify, and train new staff to use.
“Having one vendor, and one solution, makes our lives a lot easier,” said Rowe. “We no longer have to engage different system integrators each time we need to update our processes. Further, we can easily train new operators to use the PlantPAx DCS, so we’re never at risk of losing that knowledge if an employee leaves the company,” she added.
In addition to supplying the latest PlantPAx DCS technology, Rockwell Automation is also providing ongoing service and maintenance to WPI, to keep everything running at optimal levels, so that WPI can maximise the return on their investment.
“Service is faster and simpler with Rockwell Automation, which is a big downtime saver. Additionally, we often have complex requirements, and Rockwell Automation is always there to help us with problem solving. This support is a major asset to us, as we look to continue building on the growth we’ve experienced over more than 40 years,” said Rowe.
The PlantPAx system is based on four core principles:
- Plant-wide Control and Optimisation: The PlantPAx system uses a common automation platform for seamless integration between critical areas of a plant. Benefits include common platforms, seamless information flow, ease of management, and lower total cost of ownership.
- Scalable and Modular Architecture: A wide range of architecture options for increased flexibility are provided with the PlantPAx system. This means easy integration without replicating data, faster time to market, and scalable system capabilities such as HMI, batch management and data collection.
- Open, Information-enabled, and Secure: The PlantPAx system is based on open communication standards leveraging Ethernet/IP as its backbone. As a result, secure real-time information is readily available throughout the enterprise for better business decision-making.
- Flexible Delivery and Support Network: Users can select the optimal implementation and support team based on their needs with a PlantPAx system, with the long-term confidence that the investment is protected with support from Rockwell Automation.
“PlantPAx is what we like to refer to as a ‘full-blown’ DCS. It has everything from cybersecurity, streamlined workflows, and drives consistency, through to intelligent analytics and a reduced footprint. For operations looking for outstanding reliability, it’s a powerful solution,” concluded Lin Han.