Chemical plant replaces outdated PLCs with a digital automation system

01 August 2011

AkzoNobel Functional Chemicals is modernising its production facility in Herkenbosch, in The Netherlands, using Emerson Process Management's DeltaV digital automation system Version 11.

The project includes the modernisation of the process control of 7,000 I/O by replacing outdated PLCs. The first phase of the project includes 600 I/O for batch-related processes to ensure S88 compliance, along with 250 I/O devoted to Emerson's DeltaV SIS process safety system for plant-wide safety management.

The functionality of automation system takes advantage of the open standards of commercially available products and adds functionality which allows the components to function like other parts of the system with plug-and-play capability and full lifecycle support.

AkzoNobel has been working with Emerson Process Management to modernise the plant, which was built in the 1950's and currently runs on a PLC-based control system.

"The DeltaV system will help us to meet tomorrow's manufacturing needs today. This integrated control and safety system will run our plant with an improved reliability from a process automation perspective," said Andreas Neumann, director of the Herkenbosch site.

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