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Corus scoops Pantek award

01 April 2007

Corus Automation Solutions, part of Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES), has received an award in recognition of a recent upgrade to control and automation systems at its Scunthorpe steelmaking plant.

The company, which offers services including DCS, PLC systems, PLC programming and SCADA, was honoured at the ‘Pantek WonderWorld 2006 Project Excellence Awards’. The award was given by the Pantek Group, which renamed its Pantek UK and Ireland operations as SolutionsPT on 12 February 2007.

The plant’s original 50-year old control systems were replaced. Using Wonderware’s Industrial Application Server (IAS), CNES was able to take a global view of the project requirements prior to implementation.

Mike Seddon, senior projects engineer at Corus Automation Solutions, said: “The project itself involved converting a mix of ABB and Honeywell legacy control systems at Corus Scunthorpe. The turbo blower house holds five large turbo blowers, which feed air into four blast furnaces for iron production, so it’s critical as far as plant control systems are concerned.”

“The remit was to convert from a mix of two top-end SCADA systems, an ABB legacy system and a modern but unsuitable Honeywell system, which interfaced with a number of new control systems such as PLC’s, compressor controls, monitoring systems and so on, into the Wonderware ‘Industrial Application Server’ model.”

The Industrial Application Server is an infrastructure for simplifying the development, deployment, maintenance and administration of distributed automation applications. Seddon explained: “Corus Energy Operations particularly liked the way we converted from a legacy system while still allowing for future expansion of the IAS architecture into other areas of the Corus plant. The next stage, for example, will be to integrate the legacy ABB Mod300 control systems and expand the new architecture across six boilers that provide steam to the furnace blowers.”

Seddon claims the benefits of using IAS architecture and Intouch HMIs are already apparent. The software provides a framework for simplifying the development, deployment, maintenance and administration of distributed automation applications.

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