Forward-thinking process design is critical for automation implementation

When building a new process plant, or designing a new system, process engineers must consider an automation system’s necessary features, overall cost, scalability, and ongoing maintenance. Experienced process engineering companies like Wright Process Systems consider variables such as:
  • What does the system need to do now?
  • What will the system need to do in the future?
  • What are the costs to purchase, install, maintain, and upgrade the system over time?
  • What does it take to maintain and service the system?
Jul2014-2 Considering these questions, a good process engineering team will then customize a solution based on the precise needs of the plant. For example, a low complexity, low uptime system could suffice with an inexpensive logic controller and push-button controls. On the other hand, a high complexity system needing low initial cost but future expansion could be built on a more sophisticated Allen Bradley PLC platform with PanelView HMI, later expandable to WonderWare HMI with specialty modules. 

Some plants benefit from more basic automation solutions that their existing in-house staff can maintain and service. Other plants, with more complicated automation needs and a larger scale of production, can justify the greater expense of a state-of-the-art solution that requires regular maintenance from an outside service provider (or the hiring of an in-house expert to handle the maintenance). Determining the correct solution for your plant requires partnership with a company that’s dedicated to continuous process improvement. Contact Wright Process Systems to learn more about how a forward-thinking automation system can benefit your plant.