- March 19, 2019
- Control Station, Inc.
March 19, 2019 – Control Station announced the release of its PlantESP Loop Performance Monitoring solution. The Spring 2019 release is designed to simplify deployment at sites equipped with the data historian while providing features sought by all single-site, multi-site, and enterprise licensees.
PlantESP now identifies and configures a production facility’s numerous PID control loops automatically by applying templates from the PI Asset Framework. These templates enable PlantESP to scan the PI System’s hierarchy and to identify each of the many elements associated with individual PID control loops. For sites equipped with the PI System and Asset Framework the newest release of PlantESP simplifies solution configuration and provides access to actionable production insights.
The Spring 2019 release addresses the plant-wide diagnostic and optimization needs of process manufacturers. In addition to the PI System PlantESP connects to any commercial data historian using OPC-HDA, OLE DB, ODBC among other communications protocols. The release introduces a customizable hierarchy which allows licensees to configure the solution to match their control infrastructure. The customization follows the ANSI/ISA-95 standard for integration of enterprise control systems and addresses the needs of single-site, multi-site and enterprise licensees. It also introduces a set of composite metrics that characterize degraded PID performance as being associated with a mechanical, controller tuning, or process interaction issue. The composite metrics enable users to more quickly ascertain the nature of a given problem, isolate the associated root-cause, and initiate an appropriate corrective action.
PlantESP leverages existing process data that is stored within a production facility’s historian, and it complements both regulatory and supervisory control solutions from other automation suppliers such as ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Through the application of analytics PlantESP identifies negative trends related to control loop performance. In particular PlantESP simplifies the identification of common mechanical issues such as Stiction, reoccurring loop interaction and PID controller tuning challenges. Today PlantESP supports the process diagnostic and optimization needs of manufacturers on six continents.
The Spring 2019 release of PlantESP will be featured next month during PI World 2019 in San Francisco, California. Control Station will again participate in OSIsoft’s annual user conference and partner exhibition.