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S88 Case Study for Improved Production Flexibility, Safety and Environment
Does your plant suffer from high software maintenance costs, inflexible batch production, safety and environmental regulatory pressures? The Ineos Acrylics Plant at Darwen in the UK was experiencing these problems which are experienced with many legacy batch control systems in the modern chemicals market. The problems can be overcome with an S88 compliant system and approach but the right structure is essential. Reviewing the problems and plans to replace the system it was clear that a simple “migration” of the existing system would achieve little and that a complete re-structuring based on S88 was required. It was anticipated that this would give economic benefits of reduced software maintenance costs, increased production flexibility, reduced environmental/safety risks, all of which were achieved and more besides. This paper describes the process, problems and achievements of the project.
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