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The Road to Optimization

SPN brings together the process and control expertise of the engineering team and the data collection and analysis technologies to offer field-proven, best in class, asset and process optimization solutions.

Data Acquisition & Monitoring Process

Configuration

& Installation

Data Collection

& Transfer

Audit

n-Study

Monitoring

n-Transfer/ n-Check/ n-Watch

Technical Support

n-Support

Services

Continuous

  • n-Transfer: Continuous data transfer complying with the most stringent IT network security requirements.
  • n-Check: Automated screening of signal integrity.
  • n-Watch: Analysis of deviations or inconsistencies in operation and control; concise reporting with recommendations and follow-up. Periodic review of outstanding items and tasks in progress.

On-demand

  • n-Study: Packaged comprehensive technical and operational studies.
  • n-Support: Technical assistance for diagnostic, troubleshooting and implementation of optimization initiatives.
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Implementation Process

Step 1: Configuration
  • Gathering of full documentation on the machine, equipments and products.
  • Thorough review of the system programming.
  • Design of data acquisition strategy.

 

Step 2: Installation

 

Step 3: Data Transfer & Automated Analysis
  • Automated data transfer, signal integrity check, and data analysis.
  • Advanced analysis using statistical tools.
  • KPI and benchmarking.

 

Step 4: Audit
  • Expert insight, advanced analysis and statistical tools to leverage data.
  • Production of a comprehensive assessment of the control’s performance.
  • Root-cause analysis of trouble spots and strategy design issues control.
  • Recommendations and clear plan of action.

 

Step 5: Monitoring & Optimization
  • Continuous surveillance and/or optimization.
  • Achieving and maintaining new levels of performance and stability.
  • Periodic review meetings every 6 to 8 weeks.

 

Step 6: On-demand Technical Support

Applications to the Drives & Automation Sector

Expertise & Capabilities
  • Thorough review of the equipment topology and the control strategies and how they adapt to the process.
  • Objective evaluation of the performance of the control and automation systems using advanced analysis and modeling techniques.
  • Reliability evaluation of the system infrastructure (Incoming power supply, communication, grounding)
  • Objective analysis of all the data and transforming it into valuable information with a clear and focused machine history.
  • Continuous monitoring and analysis of controls performance as well as key process variables and parameters.
  • Objective and expert analysis of all the data and transforming it into valuable information with a clear and focused machine history.
  • Detection of irregularities, intermittent or long-term problems.

 

Comprehensive Monitoring
  • Power components: Incoming, rectifiers and inverters.
  • Control loops and regulators: Current and process (speed, tension or others).
  • PLC : Logic sequence and configuration
  • Process: Key controlled variables and operational settings.

 

Benefits
  • Correction of control strategies.
  • Fine-tuning and optimization of existing controls and operational settings.
  • Fostering the collaboration between maintenance and operation teams.
  • Active monitoring of the equipment resulting in a proactive maintenance approach.
  • Building a clear and objective program for increased reliability and performance.
  • Improving troubleshooting capacity.
  • Ongoing training of mill personnel and knowledge transfer.
  • Close collaboration with mill engineers and operators.
  • Efficient and cost effective troubleshooting support from trained and experienced control and process engineers.

Applications to the Paper Production Sector

Expertise & Capabilities:
  • External Benchmarking; how your operation compares with industry equivalent.
  • Internal Benchmarking; how your operation today compares with the operation before.
  • Continuous monitoring and analysis of controls performance as well as key process variables and parameters.
  • Objective and expert analysis of all the data and transforming it into valuable information with a clear and focused machine history.
  • Detection of irregularities, intermittent problems and long term drifts or changes.

 

Comprehensive Monitoring
  • Drives & controls: Performance and stability.
  • Process: Parameters and settings.
  • Mechanical: Vibration, component wear.
  • Operation: Cycle times, productivity, and sheet break analysis.
  • Quality: Roll structure.

 

Benefits
  • Quality enhancement and stabilization.
  • Reduction of lost time.
  • Increased equipment uptime.
  • Preventive measures to address component wear and drifts in calibrations.
  • Resolution of ongoing unexplained situations
  • Building a clear and objective program for increased reliability, quality and performance.
  • Close collaboration with mill personnel.
  • Troubleshooting support from trained and experienced control and process engineers.