From the Invensys 2009 North America Client Conference for September 23, 2009 #PAuto

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September 23, 2008
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Headlines from Today’s Activities
- New I/A Series Tools Aid Cybersecurity Compliance
- What "Operations Management" Means to Invensys
- Billions of Dollars at Stake in the Refinery of the Future
- Sustainable Chemistry Can Mean Good Business Too
- Invensys Partners for Documentation, Mapping Solution
- Mitigating the Inevitable Pain of Obsolescence

New I/A Series Tools Aid Cybersecurity Compliance
Keep the bad guys out and the good guys accessible. To do this, security begins and ends with awareness. Sandwiched in between are the protective actions, which are taken in response to the initial security evaluation and before the reevaluation about what to do next.

Of course, this is very similar to the sense–decide–act triangle that helps organize most process control applications and facilities. However, knowing this doesn’t necessarily make an effective and workable security program any easier to set up and maintain. And, at least initially, these difficulties can be compounded by new rules and standards, such as those from the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) and its Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program.

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"Comprehensive cyber protection also involves changes in policies and practices that have little to do with technology." Invensys’ Ernie Rakaczky discussed new tools built into the company’s I/A Series platform designed to assist users in securing their automation systems.

What "Operations Management" Means to Invensys
The dust continues to settle on the recent reorganization of Wonderware and the former Invensys Process Systems brands into a single integrated entity called Invensys Operations Management. Today, at the company’s North America Client Conference, Rashesh Mody, vice president, portfolio and strategy, and Mark Davidson, vice president, global marketing, explained to a group of trade media members and analysts how the newly integrated company’s vision and strategy continue to evolve.

The company’s vision centers on the ability to help its clients to optimize information flows, production activities and, ultimately, operational profit, Davidson explained. And while optimization is the vision, the fundamentals of automation, instrumentation and controls are still very much front and center for the company. "We believe automation and controls are the foundation," Davidson said. "If you don't get those things right, you can't do optimization."

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"We have the connecting technologies that glue all these vectors together." Invensys’ Rashesh Mody (foreground) and Mark Davidson explained how the company’s operations management vision can help advance clients’ pursuit of environmental, productivity, asset and control/safety excellence.

Billions of Dollars at Stake in the Refinery of the Future
The refinery of the future will be better tied to the value chain, matching models to business requirements, said Dr. Martin Turk, Invensys’ director, global industry solutions, HPI, at the 2009 Invensys North America Client Conference in Houston. "Outside of research and development, manufacturing is the only segment of an operating company’s supply chain where value is added," he said. "Why is this important? The goal is to add value when you bring in materials, and manufacturing is the largest financial lever under an operating company’s control."

Over the past 20 years, refineries have made consistent hardware and software upgrades, but the most important aspect of future refineries will be employees, knowledge, performance indicators and performance measurement, said Turk.

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"Operators need to become proprietors." Invensys’ Martin Turk discussed the need for operators to understand the profit implications of their decisions in the refinery of the future.

Sustainable Chemistry Can Mean Good Business Too
Julia Child would be so proud.

Adding just a pinch of green chemistry and sustainable attributes to your drab, routine process action reports can transform them into delicious and healthy recipes for sustainability that comply with environmental rules and improve your bottom line, too. Bon appetit!

Well, like any cooking show, this sounds easy. Actually doing it is a little bit harder—but not too much.

To help specialty chemical engineers add some of these sustainable practices to their processes, Dennis Brandl, of BR&L Consulting, presented "Manufacturing Science Model Extensions to Address Product and Process Stability" at the 2009 Invensys North America Client Conference this week in Houston.

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"Sustainability can deliver significant economic benefits." Dennis Brandl of BR&L Consulting demonstrated how green chemistry can help manufacturers comply with regulations as well as enable productivity, profitability and other business goals.

Invensys Partners for Documentation, Mapping Solution
Invensys Operations Management announced that it has signed an agreement with PAS, a supplier of operations and automation effectiveness software, to provide Invensys clients a comprehensive suite of system documentation and configuration management tools and services.

"A back–documentation and ‘where–used’ facility for our Foxboro I/A Series, InFusion and Triconex systems is a high priority for our customers," said Betty Naylor–McDevitt, director of marketing, Invensys Operations Management. "Leveraging our strong industry expertise, we chose the Integrity software solution because of its comprehensive scalability. Integrity allows us to provide a scope of offerings from simple system documentation to robust configuration management and full mapping of the breadth of systems installed in our customers’ plants."

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"It’s much bigger than just our systems." Invensys’ Alex Johnson explained that a key reason for Invensys partnering with PAS for its solution is the need to manage documentation across the multi–vendor environment typical of most process manufacturers.

Mitigating the Inevitable Pain of Obsolescence
Obsolescence occurs when a person, object or service is no longer wanted, even though it may still be in good working order, said Steve Murray, control systems supervisor at metals manufacturer Asarco, during his presentation at the 2009 Invensys North America Client Conference this week in Houston.

Murray further divided obsolescence into two types: technical and functional. "Technical obsolescence occurs when superior products become available, when incompatibility with newer products creates an island of technology, or when products become useless due to changes in other products," said Murray. "Functional obsolescence occurs when equipment no longer functions as it did when it was new, the failure rate increases, spare parts are unavailable or expensive, a manufacturer no longer supports it, or there’s no longer internal support available."

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"The cost of using obsolete equipment must be balanced against the cost of replacement." Asarco’s Steve Murray offered tips for mitigating the effects of technical and functional obsolescence.