EAD modernized an outdated Siemens controls system over three process subsystems and designed the new ControlLogix® control system to meet our client’s standards. We also incorporated our clients existing standalone auxiliary control systems into the new control system design and software.
Control System Modernization for Mining and Extraction
EAD does some of our best work in facilities and environments with continuous operations. When a leading global extraction and mining conglomerate called upon our controls engineering experts to update their control systems within a short downtime, we were ready to put our years of experience performing systems migrations to the test. Our client needed a solution that both modernized and standardized their current system. Their objective was to make their systems more efficient to maintain and reduce the frequency of unplanned system downtimes.
EAD overcame several challenges over the course of the project to successfully upgrade our client’s outdated Siemens control systems to Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® systems. Although our client’s field instrumentation had become obsolete, EAD was able to overcome the problem by identifying instrumentation and designing protocol conversions and software to accommodate for differences among the protocols and data structures.
As part of our system migration, we were also able to identify and address issues related to our client’s existing network infrastructure, Wonderware® SCADA configuration, and field devices that did not work as they should. By the end of the project, our client had a robust system with an expected lifetime of over 20 years.
The success of the system migration hinged on our understanding of our client’s needs and our ability to work within their standards. EAD was able to meet all client requirements on-time and within their budget, reducing the frequency of facility downtimes, and lowering our client’s maintenance costs. EAD received praise for how well we communicated throughout the execution of the project, working hand-in-hand with the operations team to ensure the seamless adoption of the new system.
- Reduced the risk of a hardware failure and months of downtime
- Seamless execution that met all project and budget requirements
- Siemens® to Allen-Bradley ControlLogix® system migration
- Solutions for HMI & SCADA Applications
- Network Infrastructure Design Improvements