Obsolescence Management – SCADA

Obsolescence Management – SCADA

A well known beverage manufacturer based in Glasgow, had ongoing obsolescence issues with their existing, site-wide, (20+i-Fix nodes) SCADA system. Due to the fragmented, ageing system on site a decision was made to upgrade the full SCADA system to make it more modern, resilient, and secure.

Elite’s engineers started working on the 9-month long project by merging and optimizing the existing databases into a single database. Elite removed numerous duplicate data tags and modernised some of the technologies that were previously used. Various differing versions of the site-wide SCADA node’s were upgraded to the latest revision.

In addition, a total of 9 servers were merged into a single (cloud based) unit whilst the existing servers were all virtualised.

As a result, our client can now merge & expand their plant system with ease and less potential downtime implications. Routine maintenance is easier with regular backups now performed automatically with less strain on the plant resources. The system is significantly more secure and much more flexible for remote access from an administering perspective.

Elite is once again proud to support local business, providing modern and effective engineering solutions to our customers!

Grain Intake Optimisation

Grain Intake Optimisation

Our customer, a main manufacturer of whisky and spirits, required to optimize and simplify the cereal intake process in their distillery. The project included the removal and replacement of obsolete equipment and the optimization of the control system.

The scope of the project included replacement of an old MCC and the design and installation of Siemens S7 based process control system. In addition, the new S7 system required integration with the existing ABB DCS. Following implementation and testing, site installation of MCC and commissioning took place. Solution developed by Elite has additionally incorporated a client/server SCADA based network and a HMI for Process Visualization, Management, Maintenance, Diagnostics and Standard features for alarming, trending and user configuration.

The new system employed has been optimized simplified compared to the previous iteration. The new process control equipment should be more efficient and reliable. Operation and maintenance personnel have improved monitoring and diagnostic capability available in runtime; this in turn should help reduce plant downtime.

Expanding on the knowledge and expertise gained by Elite, we are once again proud to offer a solution to one of our key clients and build upon our relationship with our partners.

Cycle September 2020 – Summary

Cycle September 2020 – Summary

Congratulations team Elite for participating so enthusiastically in the Cycle September 2020 challenge!

Under the careful guidance of our Captain 🙂 supported by his very able First Lieutenant JC, our team smashed our 1,000 mile month target clocking up a total of 1114 miles during September.

More than 50% of the team took part in the challenge and we collectively contributed and helped save more than 1200lbs of carbon CO2 emissions.

In terms of the final places in our company size categories; Elite finished #1 In West Lothian and, #9 in the UK. Worldwide we finished #4 for Manufacturing and Engineering companies. An amazing achievement.

Finally, a massive thank you too for the huge encouragement received from all our colleagues in Elite House – it really helped especially, when the sun didn’t come out!

Keep up the good habits everyone and thank you once again for all your help & support!

Captain Benji Kirkpatrick, Systems Engineer Elite Control Systems Ltd

Last Week – Cycle September 2020

Last Week – Cycle September 2020

Last week of the Global Cycle September 2020 challenge and Team Elite still competing for that top spot!

So far, our team have cycled a total of 867 miles, ranking #1 in West Lothian for companies of similar size, and #14 nationally. We are also #27 worldwide.

The 1000 mile mark is within touching distance so well done everybody and keep it up!

#SavingEmissions #LoveToRide #CycleSeptember

Syrup Dosing System

Syrup Dosing System

Following the successful completion of a project last year for a major manufacturer based in Slovakia, Elite were asked to further enhance and expand the client’s control system. The original control system in the new state of the art plant, produces the syrup that is used for the manufacturing of kitchen sinks.

The original control panel design, PLC software programming and designing of the HMI Screens were carried out at Elite’s site in Livingston, with a site visit to Slovakia needed for the on-site commissioning.

The commissioning phase for the system expansion proved to be quite a challenge due to the critical nature of the existing process. Any code modifications or additions had to be performed in a 2-hour window, as this was the maximum permitted downtime.
The entire expansion project lasted around 3 months from initial development to commissioning.

The original hardware used for this work was based on Rockwell’s standard and safety Compactlogix PLC’s.
Linked via Ethernet, these PLC’s were expanded to accommodate the additional control requirements.
Due to the existing installation being an Elite-developed solution, the development for the expansion became much more streamlined and this definitely helped the control expansion to run smoothly.

The successful outcome of this work means that our customer has now doubled their manufacturing capabilities when compared to the previous layout of the plant.

Cycle September 2020

Cycle September 2020

Go Elite! Go Green, Go get fit and, keep it Going!

Week 2 of the September Global Bike Challenge and a solid start made. The Team currently rank #1 in West Lothian, #3 Worldwide for companies in the Engineering and Manufacturing sector and #25 all companies in Scotland.

#SavingEmissions #LoveToRide #CycleSeptember

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