Thursday, December 19, 2013

Smart City Express: 47 Airports and 2 Heliports

 
AENA is in charge of the civil air navigation in Spain that involves the management of 47 airports and 2 heliports. In passenger count, AENA is the world’s leading airport operator. In fact, just the last month of November, AENA has served over 12,000,000 passengers.

 

That kind of volume requires a certain amount of reliability. For the control of its facility management system, AENA has standardized on Wonderware.

We will be featuring the Barcelona El Prat Airport in a success story video. While waiting, you can visit the following websites:
  1. The Barcelona El Prat Airport Written Success Story
  2. The Wonderware Smart City software solution page
  3. Lane's Smart City Blog
  4. Wonderware Spain's Website

Take care,
Jay

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Smart City Express: Airport Baggage Handling


The Automated Luggage Transport System (SATE) manages the movement and delivery of all checked-in items at the Barcelona El Prat Airport. It is one of the most important sections of the airport.


By connecting SATE to Wonderware, the Barcelona El Prat Airport has one of the lowest lost-luggage rates in Europe.

We will be featuring the baggage handling system at El Prat in the success story video so wait for it. In the mean time you can visit the following websites:
  1. The Barcelona El Prat Airport Written Success Story
  2. The Wonderware Smart City software solution page
  3. Lane's Smart City Blog
  4. Wonderware Spain's Website

Take care,
Jay

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Smart City Express: The Barcelona El Prat Airport

 
This is the central control room of AENA's Barcelona El Prat Airport. They use a million I/O Wonderware System Platform to control everything from baggage handling to runway lights.
 

I was there last week to shoot the success story video which is hopefully coming out in the new year. Watch out for it but in the mean time you can visit the following websites:

  1. The Barcelona El Prat Airport Written Success Story
  2. The Wonderware Smart City software solution page
  3. Lane's Smart City Blog
  4. Wonderware Spain's Website
I'll be back soon to finish the Fujirebio success story series.

Take care,
Jay

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

1,100 hours per year are saved at Fujirebio


Fujirebio makes biomarkers (i.e., blood tests) and its core competency is in the oncology area so its products are mainly centered around cancer testing. The product it manufactures annually is quite considerable.  At their Malvern, Pennsylvania plant, they produce about 75 million tests that are then distributed throughout the world. 

The solution is completely paperless and provides electronic record collection with electronic signatures while maintaining 21 CFR compliance and ISO 9001 and 13485 certification

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What makes the solution at Fujirebio unique?

What makes the solution unique? It is a complete paperless system with electronic records and electronic signatures on a regulated industry


The EMS provides us a way of archiving data and it allows us to trend the way that our equipment is operating to make sure it’s staying within specification and up to our standards. 

Josh Zimmer
Quality Engineer

What makes the solution unique?

  1. It is a complete paperless system with electronic records and electronic signatures
  2. It generates18 Monthly Department Reports for “Review By Exception” 
  3. It routes reports for review and approval via the Wonderware Workflow software

More information


In my next post, I will talk about what going paperless did for Fujirebio. In the meantime, you can check out the following:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fujirebio: from a 15 hour review to just minutes

EMS is a is a complete paperless system with electronic records and electronic signatures
 
“At Fujirebio, we are looking to take advantage of our electronic systems. We installed the equipment monitoring system to electronically capture data from Fujirebio’s temperature-controlled areas. The new monitoring system also provides the company with a scalable infrastructure which we can implement other electronic data capture projects as we go forward.”

Mike Koch
Vice President, Supply Chain
 

A great start at Fujirebio

 
A major milestone was achieved at Fujirebio Diagnostics on July 1, 2013 when the manual paper-based process of periodically recording temperature readings for specific GMP-related equipment was officially replaced by a new computerized system.
 
“Before the EMS system went in, I was spending about 15 or more hours manually reviewing the GMP packs. After the system, I went from hours to minutes. The key benefits of the system are the electronic signatures with the review by exception, and not having to worry about missing papers or chart recorders. The system has just made my life a whole lot easier.”

Rachael Vinjamuri, Lead Manufacturing Document Analyst
 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fujirebio: innovation always starts with an idea

A significant amount of time is spent each day manually reviewing reports


The creation of the Electronic Initiative at Fujirebio was triggered by a few challenges in the Pennsylvania plant, mainly on the following:
  • A significant amount of time is spent each day manually reviewing reports
  • The existing paper-based system was time-consuming and vulnerable to reporting errors

Monday, October 7, 2013

Fujirebio: Electronic Initiative for manufacturing

Project goal: To replace an existing paper-based GMP record system and manual process with an electronic monitoring system



With a more than 20-year reputation as a trusted source of innovative solutions in clinical diagnostics, Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc.’s proven manufacturing process for the production of biomarkers has made it a global partner of choice among leading diagnostics companies around the world. 



Project goal: To replace an existing paper-based GMP record system and manual process with an electronic monitoring system



Being in the life sciences industry, Fujirebio adheres to a strict manufacturing processes.  These processes are certified with compliance for reporting and documentation requirements that are very detailed and extensive.  The biomarkers produced by Fujirebio help physicians, lab professionals and patients better manage disease.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The benefits of SmartGlance to Coca Cola

The benefits of SmartGlance and InTouch to Coca Cola Swaziland


The following benefits were achevied at Coca Cola Swaziland after the Wonderware solution was installed:

  1. The Wonderware solution provides more visibility into energy usage and cost per plant and subsection
  2. It has enabled Coca Cola Swaziland to implement a system that facilitates smarter energy usage
  3. It allowed Coca Cola Swaziland to have a tighter grip on epartmental budgets and targets
  4. It gave Cocal Cola Swaziland the ability to control high energy operations to take place during low-cost periods

 More information


For more information on the products used in this success story, you can visit the following links:

  1. Corporate Energy Management from Wonderware
  2. Wonderware SmartGlance
  3. PDF version of the Coca Cola Swaziland success story

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Coca-Cola Swaziland keeps operators informed

Coca Cola Swaziland Block Diagram


This project facilitated the first time measurement of metrics and when the first results were made available they came as a shock:  The Swaziland Electricity Company validated the results and found out that Coca Cola Swazialand achieved a discrepancy of less than 1%.

Once this was established, the organization completely bought into the system.

Monday, September 9, 2013

HMI in a browser? Yes!

InTouch Access Anywhere empowers your personnel to stay abreast of what's happening in the plant or facility. Yes, even if they are working out in the gym.

InTouch Access Anywhere lets you view your HMI screens even if you're working out in the gym.

Web HMI and Mobile SCADA rocks!

I'm taking time off from the regular success story posts so I can feature the new InTouch Access Anywhere. I'm actually at a Starbucks here in Irvine and playing with my iPad.

InTouch Access Anywhere is loaded and I'm just amazed how easy it is to navigate through the different HMI screens.
 
 
InTouch Access Anywhere is loaded and I'm just amazed how easy it is to navigate through the different HMI screens.
 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Corporate Energy Management at Coca-Cola Swaziland

System integrator Systems Anywhere Coastal was selected by Coca-Cola Swaziland for the implementation with Wonderware as the main software for the energy management project. In particular:
  1. Wonderware System Platform
  2. Wonderware Information Server
  3. Wonderware InTouch HMI
  4. Wonderware Historian
  5. Wonderware Historian Client
  6. Wonderware SmartGlance
  7. Wonderware Corporate Energy Management (CEM)
I'd like to focus on CEM in this post as this is one of the key software products in the energy management implementation.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Coca-Cola Swaziland Optimizes Energy Usage

Coca-Cola Swaziland uses Wonderware Solutions to Optimize Energy Usage and Reduce Costs

Coca-Cola Swaziland uses Wonderware Solutions to Optimize Energy Usage and Reduce Costs


Recognizing the need for effective energy management, Coca-Cola Swaziland (Conco Ltd.) decided to find out what it could do as an organization because the solution is more than switching off pieces of equipment when it’s not in use.

There are many variables considered in energy management and electricity is not the only cost. There is air, steam, water and fuel.

Monday, August 19, 2013

High Speed Rail Passenger Information System Success Story Video

The success story video on the China Ministry of Railways High Speed Line talks about how they've used Wonderware System Platform to develop the Passenger Information System.


Friday, August 16, 2013

China Ministry of Rail: Usability and Reliability

The High Speed Rail Line is an experience - from ticketing, interacting with the personnel and riding the train.
 
The High Speed Rail Line is an experience - from ticketing to interacting with the personnel
 
China has undergone so much change in the last 10 years. It's ultra modern high speed train line is proof of that.

The Longest High-speed Rail Line in the World Operates on System Platform
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Stations can be deployed in as little as one day

The nationwide high-speed railway network required quick implementation, effective integration with third-party components and a user-friendly operator interface. 

The nationwide high-speed railway network required quick implementation, effective integration with third-party components and a user-friendly operator interface
 
The company had to quickly duplicate systems, processes and functions implemented at major passenger stations for smaller stations throughout the rail network.

The company had to quickly duplicate systems, processes and functions implemented at major passenger stations for smaller stations throughout the rail network
  
A problem-free growth path was imperative for the planned expansion of the 12,000- kilometer rail network with more than 800 stations.

A problem-free growth path was imperative for the planned expansion of the 12,000- kilometer rail network with more than 800 stations
 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Chinese Ministry of Railways value scalability

The large display of train arrival and departure is actually a Wonderware InTouch HMI screen

The Chinese Ministry of Railways knew that selecting a partner that could provide the technology to benefit the project over the long haul was critical. In fact, they selected Wonderware because of its ability to scale. They know that with Wonderware System Platform, the ministry could scale the enterprise solution, beginning with the Beijing Olympic line and extending it in stages to the entire nationwide high-speed rail network.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

China's High Speed Rail - Operating in Harmony


Today, the Passenger Information System used throughout the High Speed Rail in China benefits from a unified management strategy and standardized technical architecture.

Before the China Ministry of Railways developed the plan that began with the high speed rail lines, its Passenger Information System was far from being integrated. Components were purchased from different manufacturers and did not operate well together. As a result, stations and terminals were not linked efficiently, creating inefficiencies in deployment, operations and maintenance.

Monday, August 12, 2013

China Rail: Integrating 60 third party products

The complex rail network involves the collaboration of more than 60 different third-party vendors for each station’s facilities management system.
 
The Wonderware System Platform solution implemented by Easyway for the China Ministry of Railways revolves around  what they call the Passenger Information System. It basically is a large scale, multi-site Facilities Management System that takes care of all the high speed line's train stations accross China. This involves a number of highly important  functions:
  1. Communications equipment monitoring, including the public address system
  2. Passenger and train information screens, displays and signage
  3. Automated ticket sales booths
  4. Closed circuit television monitors
  5. Safety systems.

Monday, August 5, 2013

China Ministry of Railways uses Wonderware

Facilitated by the implementation of 21st century technology, the world’s longest high-speed rail network operates on Wonderware System Platform. When the China railway system is fully completed in 2020, it will carry both passengers and goods and will be able to reach distances of 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) in less than a day.
 
Since ancient times, China has set the pace in terms of art, culture, science and engineering. With thousands of years of innovation and technology behind them, China’s population of over 1.3 billion people is on the move once more.

China has embarked on an ambitious course to provide high-speed rail service throughout the entire country. The first high-speed line was inaugurated during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Developed by the China Ministry of Railways, the new high-speed rail lines require a quicker turnaround,  facilitated by the implementation of 21st century technology.
 

Watch the Carson City Success Story Video

Watch the Carson City success story and discover the benefits of the Software Solutions for Smart Cities from Wonderware.



Carson City, the capital of the state of Nevada -- Named after the frontiersman, Kit Carson, who rode through the Eagle Valley in 1840 in his quest to map the west. 
 
Carson City sits in the center of one of the most scenic and historic areas in the country and is known for its fresh air, beautifully rugged natural surroundings and its proximity to the casinos of Reno and skiing in Lake Tahoe. 
 
The Carson City Public Works Department is responsible for taking care of the City's water, wastewater, transportation, landfill, fleet, environmental and renewable power systems. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Carson City: The positive effects are evident

The positive effects of the Smart City solution on the way work is done in Carson City are quickly evident: The overall solution allowed Carson City to achieve a 15% reduction in man-hours

The positive effects of the Smart City solution on the way work is done in Carson City are quickly evident: The overall solution allowed Carson City to achieve a 15% reduction in man-hours. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Smart City Key Installation Elements

Key Installation Elements of the Smart City solution at Carson City

 

Key Installation Elements of the Smart City solution at Carson City

  1. Windows Server run on VMware vSphere with multiple hosts utilizing vMotion, HA, Fault Tolerance, and other features
  2. Uses wireless and fiber optic communications infrastructure to the various PLCs that make up the hardware at Carson City: Quantum, Momentum, GE/Fanuc, Allen Bradley PLCs and drive.
  3. Uses System Platform on VMware vSphere 5, mobile control with iPads and SmartGlance, analysis on mobile devices for managers and key operators

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Virtualization helps the Smart City Solution

“The virtual machines that we've implemented here in Carson City have allowed us to reduce the burden of administration and overhead costs while significantly increasing our reliability and disaster recovery processes."
 
Carson City has achieved its goals through a complete set of innovative tools, capabilities and solutions.
“The virtual machines that we've implemented here in Carson City have allowed us to reduce the burden of administration and overhead costs while significantly increasing our reliability and disaster recovery processes." 
James Jacklett, Electrical/Signal Supervisor

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Traffic light monitoring at Carson City

The Smart City solution at Carson City also involves traffic light and transportation system monitoring. It involves 70 Signalized intersections in 3 different counties.
 
The Smart City solution at Carson City also involves traffic light and transportation system monitoring. It involves 70 Signalized intersections in 3 different counties.
“The City maintains all of the traffic lights in Carson City and Douglas County. Integration with Wonderware has enabled real time status, alarm notification, and historization of the state of communications for the transportation system; which provides us with better monitoring and operational readiness.” 
James Jacklett, Electrical/Signal Supervisor

Monday, July 29, 2013

Solar Power at Carson City


The Smart City solution built on Wonderware software helps Carson City run and maintain the solar plants that provide 748,000 KWH of clean renewable power each year.
 
The Smart City solution built on Wonderware software helps operate and maintain the solar plants at Carson City.
“This solution also includes the management of the Public Works solar plants that provide up to 748,000 KWH of clean power each year” 
Brandon Mathiesen, Water Production Supervisor

Saturday, July 27, 2013

SmartGlance and Situational Awareness

Carson City is able to view its InTouch HMI screens from anywhere using the iPad and mobile phones giving its operators situational awareness at all times.

Carson City uses the iPad for controlling its Water and Wastewater Plants

Because everything is stored in its Wonderware Historian, Carson City enables its senior staff to get instant access to key performance indicators and critical process information right on their mobile devices. Situational awareness is greater than ever. All of this is done through the help of Wonderware SmartGlance.

Carson City uses the iPad for controlling its Water and Wastewater Plants


Friday, July 26, 2013

The iPad for Water and Wastewater Plants

Leveraging virtualization, iPads, and smart phones to increase the efficiency of its operators and management, Carson City is able to increase situational awareness and achieve a high level of operational readiness.
 
Smart City Solution - Control Room on the Move with Mobile Devices

It seems common place now but it's very impressive how far we've gone. Today's Smart City solution allows Carson City operators to monitor and control every aspect of the water and waste water plants while on the move.
 
Carson City uses the iPad for controlling its Water and Wastewater Plants

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Smart City solution delivers clean water

“We’ve created a totally integrated management system that control’s the city’s water and wastewater system, utilizing the latest technology to deliver affordable water and wastewater services to the citizens and visitors of Carson City.”
 
The scope of the Wonderware solution at Carson City is fairly large. Let's focus on the water and wastewater system in this post.
 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Carson City, Nevada - A Smart City Success Story






 
In order to achieve its goals, the men and women of the Carson City Public Works Department created an infrastructure revolving around the capabilities of its people and the best available smart city technology from Invensys.
"The Carson City Public Works Department is responsible for taking care of the City's water, wastewater, transportation, landfill, fleet, environmental and renewable power systems. With a staff of over 120 people we are often called on to assist the public in many different ways and many of our duties go on around the clock." 
Darren Schulz, Deputy Public Works Director
Leveraging virtualization, iPads, and smart phones to improve the efficiency of its operators and management, Carson City has increased situational awareness and achieved a high level of operational readiness.
 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Watch the 9REN success story video and find out about optimized asset excellence



Renewable energy. It's the mantra for today's society -- to identify and implement clean renewable energy sources to wean us off our dependence on fossil fuels. This is one of the fields where Spain and Italy are taking the initiative to a global level and 9REN Group is a clear example of a company leading the way.

Watch the success story video and find out how Wonderware helped 9REN operate all of the 580 solar plants from their Madrid office.

Friday, July 19, 2013

9REN: Solar Power Plant Business Metrics

From a single control center, 9REN can effectively monitor the operations at each of the 528 solar plants, ensuring continuous generation of 425 MWh a day.

After completing the Wonderware solution, 9REN was able to produce these compelling business results.
  • From a single control center, 9REN can effectively monitor the operations at each of the 528 solar plants, ensuring continuous generation of 425 MWh a day.
  • 9REN's efficiency has improved at such a point that staffing has been reduced by 15% - from three to one - for control room operation, allowing the company to focus its personnel on other important tasks
  • Event recognition has increased by 50% and time to obtain performance monitoring reports has been reduced from one month to two days
  • Solar trackers production has improved by 5%

Monday, July 15, 2013

Why Wonderware for 9REN's solar plants?

9REN wanted a solution that would provide an effective platform for collaboration, would have tools that enable standardization, reduce engineering time and cost savings.

9REN wanted a solution that would provide an effective platform for collaboration, would have tools that enable standardization, reduce engineering time and cost savings


They chose Wonderware System Platform, InTouch HMI and Historian as the main components of their EOSystem because it provides flexibility and scalability, while still being easy to use, maintain and upgrade.

What is the EOSystem?


EOSystem is a solution created by 9REN to operate and maintain the hundreds of solar plants in Spain and Italy. "The EOSystem allows 9REN to control all photovoltaic installations from a single application in the control room from practically anywhere", says Antonio Palacios Higueras, Services Technical Manager for 9REN.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The challenges of running multiple solar plants

“Central monitoring of the company’s plants with locations dispersed throughout the world was critical to maintaining optimal operations efficiency. Different time zones and related communications issues were top of list when the company was evaluating various technologies.” Francisco Alija Monitoring and Control Manager


Why did 9REN opt for a Wonderware solution? It was to answer three main challenges.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

9REN Photovoltaic Solar Panel Power Plants

9REN develops, builds and operates renewable power plants across Spain and Italy.
 
 
9REN develops, builds and operates renewable power plants across Spain and Italy. They deliver over 90,000 Megawatts of power per year while operating 568 photovoltaic installations.

To manage its plants, 9REN created EOSystem, a solution built on the Wonderware System Platform. For this innovative solution, 9REN won the Invensys Open Asset Excellence Award in 2010.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bermuda Electric (BELCO) success story video

Watch the success story video and find out how Invensys helped Bermuda Electric provide a secure, reliable and sustainable electric power system for the people of Bermuda.



Monday, July 1, 2013

Bermuda Electric: Evolution and Modernization

Part of BELCO's continous modernization also involved the use of Triconex® Tricon™ fault-tolerant controller, a key Invensys product.
 
 
In 1995, BELCO began looking for a solution that would ensure their facilities could operate consistently in the present plus provide a strong basis for future implementations. The company chose Wonderware® software products, starting with the InTouch® Human Machine Interface (HMI). Subsequent upgrades through the years saw the continuous upgrade to the newest InTouch version as new plants are put on-line and as new enhancements are added to the solution.

This constant evolution and modernization culminated in BELCO's use of System Platform. The addition of System Platform is a high point in BELCO's history as it provided provided a common, efficient and centralized infrastructure that helped them develop, maintain, control and manage applications with exceptional scalability, openness and ease. The arrival of the Wonderware Historian and recently of Wonderware IntelaTrac helped BELCO achieve ISO 14001 compliance, for its state-of-the-art production, transmission and distribution of electricity – the first organization in the territory to achieve this prestigious milestone!

Part of BELCO's continuous modernization also involved the use of Triconex® Tricon™ fault-tolerant controller, a key Invensys product.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

How BELCO achieved ISO 14001 certification

BELCO achieved the prestigious ISO 14001:2004 certification for environmental management, in part because of the data collection and reporting capabilities of the Wonderware Historian and Wonderware IntelaTrac.

BELCO achieved the prestigious ISO 14001:2004 certification for environmental management, in part because of the data collection and reporting capabilities of the Wonderware Historian and Wonderware IntelaTrac.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bermuda Electric and the Power of System Platform

System Platform has enabled BELCO to integrate and unify various operations management systems, including recently added and legacy devices.


This is the fourth post of a series on the success of Bermuda Electric (BELCO). Today, I'll focus on how BELCO took advantage of the power of System Platform to integrate and unify their various operations management systems, upgrade legacy systems, achieved consistency and created a standard that enables them to easily add whole plants (or new sections of plants) as they come on-line.

Monday, June 24, 2013

At Bermuda Electric, Connectivity is Key

Wonderware helps BELCO communicate with the different devices that make up the old and new power plants in Bermuda


This is the third post of a multi-part series on the success achieved at the Bermuda Electric Company (BELCO). In my first post, I talked about how Wonderware software's reliability and ease of use helped BELCO be self sufficient and have the capability to provide a secure, reliable and sustainable electric power system. In the second post, I talked about how BELCO took advantage of the upward compatibility of Wonderware software which enabled them to plan for the future.

In this post, I'd like to talk about the importance of connectivity and how Wonderware helps BELCO communicate with the different devices that make up the old and new power plants in Bermuda.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bermuda Electric and the importance of planning

In island locations like Bermuda, the design and maintenance of power systems  can require more effort

This is the second post of a multi-part series on the success achieved by the Bermuda Electric Company (BELCO). In my previous post, I talked about how Wonderware software's reliability and ease of use helped BELCO be self sufficient and have the capability to provide a secure, reliable and sustainable electric power system. In this post, I'd like to talk about the importance of planning and how Wonderware helps in long term decision making, modernization and legacy migration.

In most areas in North America, electricity is an expected amenity. We almost take it for granted because we know that the infrastructure that creates and delivers power is reliable and solid. There are so many power plants spread out throughout the United States that the failure of one or two plants won't affect the supply of electricity. In island locations like Bermuda however where resources are limited, the design, operation and maintenance of power systems requires more planning and effort.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Invensys helps provide electricity to Bermuda

Invensys Helps Bermuda Utility Provide Consistent Power and Deploy Upgrades Self-Sufficiently


I'm starting a series of posts that will talk about the benefits of the Wonderware solution that was installed at the power plants of the Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO).

The success story at BELCO is worth telling as it showcases what can be done by a utilities company that provides electricity to the residents and visitors of Bermuda, a chain of 181 islands stretched over 20 miles in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Imagine yourself being a power provider in an island where the nearest land mass is over 700 miles away. You have all this technology and equipment and you're a long way from everything else. It's important to be self sufficient and have all the resources to provide a secure, reliable and sustainable electric power system.