Invensys launches new SCADA and EMI software

06 February 2010

Invensys Operations Management has launched its InFusion SCADA 2.0 software system, with Foxboro® SCD2100 and SCD2200 remote terminal units for oil and gas and water and wastewater applications. The company has also introduced its Wonderware® Intelligence Software 1.0 solution, which it calls an “enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solution.”

The SCD2200 RTU is a larger modular station for more complex applications, which may require central stations and redundancy.
The SCD2200 RTU is a larger modular station for more complex applications, which may require central stations and redundancy.

SCADA systems technology is used to optimise real-time monitoring, data acquisition, communications and control for geographically distributed industrial operations, especially those in which data collection and transmission might be subject to unintended interruptions.

Chris Smith, SCADA product manager, says the new offer draws on the company’s 40 plus years of SCADA heritage and includes some of the industry’s most advanced integration, interface and control technology capabilities.

“Robust, reliable monitoring of remote operations can mean tremendous savings in reduced downtime, efficient maintenance and improved security. And cost-efficient configuration, integration and scalability translate into further savings,” said Mr. Smith, SCADA product manager.

“The new SCADA system software and RTUs deliver unprecedented network SCADA monitoring and supervisory performance and maintainability for industry, along with simplified interaction and management for today’s rapid-growth SCADA implementations.”

The package of software components enable SCADA developers to create reusable objects and templates, as well as manage HMI display properties, data quality, equipment maintenance tagging and other functions necessary for building SCADA applications.

The system also stores program components in a central repository for remote deployment to Windows-based network devices. End user engineers can then draw on this repository to build future applications, which enforces standards, preserves applications knowledge and reduces the overall engineering effort.

System managers can also propagate changes to multiple computers with a single mouse click, reducing travel and SCADA network troubleshooting costs.

As a backup to customer’s engineering teams, an InFusion SCADA Device Relationship Management software agent provides secure Invensys-based remote backup for any installed system, giving the owner more confidence that any alterations or performance issues can be monitored and diagnosed by authorised Invensys expertise.

The new SCD2100 and SCD2200 remote terminal units (RTUs) provide an integrated operating environment for controlling and monitoring field operations and collecting real-time data for viewing via InFusion 2.0 screens or integration with process control or other enterprise applications.

Both of the new RTUs support a wide range of input/output configurations and device integration, including support for the HART protocol.

They also support pre-programming of ISaGRAF IEC-61131 and IEC 61499 compliant function blocks, which delivers faster processing and sequencing than conventional RTUs that interpret programming languages at run time. This provides for more field automation applications for improved unattended operations.

Both RTUs also include function blocks certified for oil and gas industry calculations and are available with TCP/IP or wireless connectivity.

The SCD2200 RTU is a larger modular station for more complex applications, which may require central stations and redundancy, such as upstream oil and gas well monitoring, wet gas, oil and gas transportation facilities and pipelines and high-level well control.

It is also suitable for large utility applications.

The SCD2100 RTU is the more compact of the two RTUs and is especially suitable for very low-power operation on oil and gas, as well as water and wastewater. The low power SCD2100 unit is certified for explosive environments

The new SCADA offerings provide an industry-specific system solution with industry applications, such as the Wonderware Water and Wastewater Industry Pack, as well as with other Invensys automation products, including SimSci-Esscor simulation software, Foxboro distributed control systems, Triconex critical safety systems and Avantis enterprise asset management software.

Wonderware Intelligence 1.0

Invensys Operations Management also introduced its Wonderware® Intelligence Software 1.0 solution, which it calls an “enterprise manufacturing intelligence (EMI) solution.”

The software enables customers to contextualise, aggregate and report both historian and operational data using role-based dashboards, presenting key performance indicators (KPIs) and real-time operational business metrics that are used to monitor, tune and optimise operations and supply chains.

The purpose of the software is to transform data and information from multiple sources into business intelligence by aggregating process and production data in real time and adding contextual elements, such as equipment, product, work orders, material and personnel.

The information context is aimed at enabling end users to gain insights into the root causes of problems and understand how production events are related.

The formatted information is saved and optimised for fast reporting and analysis, allowing end users to create and publish dashboards using the Wonderware Intelligence Analytics Client into a variety of web portals. Users can also configure customised metrics without programming.

IOM says other features of the software include:

* Acquires data not only from the Wonderware family of products, including MES, InBatch™ and Historian, but also from external systems such as ERP, LIMS, PDM or even other execution systems and historians, to provide plant, multi-plant and corporate-wide views of operations and performance.

* Utilises tools to rapidly create and publish dashboards that can be rendered in commonly used web platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint®, mySAP Enterprise Portal and Wonderware Information Server.

* Furthers investments in the core Wonderware products, leveraging System Platform’s Integrated Development Environment and services for configuration and deployment of the data model and allowing customers to incrementally add MES and EMI features and functionality easily and non-invasively.

* Is a cross-functional product, applicable to any industry or market segment

“This is a true EMI solution that allows customers to build once, deploy at multiple sites and enjoy corporate-wide visibility of their plant’s KPIs, even with disparate data sources,” said Maryanne Steidinger, director of product marketing, Invensys Operations Management.

“Dashboards can easily be created with drag-and-drop ease, enabling self-service access to information.”

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