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Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production

Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production
Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production
Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production
Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production
Advanced Elastomer Systems Upgrades Production
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OVERVIEW
In order to maintain its share of the international market for thermoplastic elastomers AES recently expanded its Florida plant by adding a new production line. While the existing lines were operating satisfactorily using a PROVOX distributed control system with traditional analog I/O, AES wanted advanced technology on the new line for greater economy, efficiency, and reliability.

AES officials were anxious to get this line into production to meet incoming orders, but two hurricanes slowed construction.
Advanced Elastomer Systems (AES), is an ExxonMobil Chemical affiliated company and a major producer of thermoplastic elastomers.
Some lost time was recovered through the advanced control technologies selected to take advantage of the installation efficiencies of bus architecture. A fieldbus network simplified installation and reduced overall wiring costs by approximately 15%. And instruments arrived configured and network-ready.

During commissioning and startup phases, AES saved significant time by using Emerson’s Intelligent Device Manager predictive maintenance software to communicate with the field instruments. During commissioning, a single technician could query each instrument directly from the control room, confirm that device’s functionality with an observer in the field, and move on to another device without opening instrument covers.

If the condition of a device or associated equipment changes beyond predetermined limits, a Status Alert indicates the problem to line operators. The real, actionable information makes device maintenance easier.

Hardware Components
- PROVOX distributed control system (with traditional analog I/O)
- FOUNDATION fieldbus network
- Rosemount instruments

Software Components
- DeltaV digital automation system
- AMS Suite Intelligent Device Manager (for predictive maintenance)
Real-time instrument diagnostics
M2M
Mature (technology has been on the market for >5 years)
OPERATIONAL IMPACT
Equipment Status Alert - Problems are indicated to line operators when the condition of a device or associated equipment changes beyond predetermined limits.
Remote Device Diagnostics - Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.
Installation Efficiency - Technicians are able to query instruments remotely during commissioning to confirm device functionality.
QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
The Foundation fieldbus network eliminated reduced overall wiring costs by 15%.
The time required to install and commission 300 smart field devices was shortened by 3 weeks.
75% in installation and commissioning times were 75% shorter than with traditional technologies.
IOT SNAPSHOT
The IoT ONE Radar indicates the mix of hardware, software and services used in an IoT solution.
Hardware
Sensors transform energy into electrical data; they are the eyes and ears of IoT. Actuators transform electrical data into energy; they are the muscle of IoT.
IoT power supplies include traditional, thin-film and printed batteries, energy harvesting modules, flexible photovoltaic panels and thermoelectric sources.
Products used by end users that contain IoT technologies. Examples include enabled equipment, wearables, hand-held scanners, and tracking devices.
Software
Horizontal applications are standardized (e.g., asset tracking). Vertical applications are tailored to specific needs (e.g., delivery fleet management).
IoT analytics includes real-time or edge computing and batch analysis. Analytics can be behavioral, descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive.
Services
System integrators link IoT component subsystems, customize solutions, and ensure that IoT systems communicate with existing operational systems.
IoT data management consultancies help to make sense of big data, decide which data to maintain and for how long, and troubleshoot IT issues.
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