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Simplifying real-time performance management and strengthening cybersecurity

23 October 2016

Metso Expertune PlantTriage, a control loop monitoring system, is designed to oversee process control loops night and day, diagnose and prioritise opportunities for improvements, and pinpoint major economic paybacks.

PlantTriage makes use of Metso's automation and control valve knowledge. It gathers process data from many different control systems, and monitors thousands of control loops.

Metso's understanding of smart positioners and valve position feedback systems has been incorporated into PlantTriage to meet the need for improved reliability. The system has been tested in different demanding industries, including refining, chemicals, and pulp and paper.

"PlantTriage delivers value to our customers by identifying and getting to the root causes of control system performance issues.  We have started to see that valve position feedback information is becoming more available in control systems that can communicate with smart field devices. This data permits more accurate diagnostics of valve performance issues. We have introduced several new assessments and a problem solver report related to valve positioner performance," explained Steve Obermann, senior product manager at Metso.

For increased security, PlantTriage Version 13 contains several cybersecurity enhancements. JAVA-related vulnerabilities have been eliminated. Integration with Microsoft Windows Authentication allows administrators to manage network security seamlessly, according to the customer's in-house IT policies.

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