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Connected Plant Conference Show Preview

30493 POWER CE CPC Logo_UpdateThe Connected Plant Conference is a forum designed for professionals in the power generation and chemical process industries who are leading digital adoption at all stages. Sessions are tailored to offer actionable information and strategies to maximize the use of data, analytics, and related technology to drive efficiency improvements, safety, and preventive and predictive maintenance programs. The conference will be held February 26–28, 2018, at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. A sampling of the exhibitors, and their products and services, are highlighted in this section.

Analytical Equipment Improves Alarm Management

METTLER TOLEDO provides analytical sensors and analyzers for water and steam cycle monitoring, with solutions that are key building blocks for a connected plant. METTLER TOLEDO sensors feed analytical measurements into higher-level control systems, where those control systems can guide decisions that help plant operators manage equipment maintenance, monitor water quality, and mitigate false alarms. Demonstrations at the Connected Plant Conference will focus on how to validate and separate out false alarms from the critical few that require an urgent response before they have a negative financial impact on business. METTLER TOLEDO will show how, by using multi-level validation analysis and the digital signals from pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and other ISM (Intelligent Sensor Management) enabled sensors, control systems are better able to provide the higher levels of automation and real-time control that leading plants demand. METTLER TOLEDO, Columbus, Ohio

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Digitalization Optimizes Operation, Improves Engineering Quality

Siemens offers many solutions to help optimize industrial plant operations, from engineering to security, from network communication to data-based services such as preventive maintenance, energy data management, and resource optimization. Siemens recognizes that customers want to reduce maintenance intervals and increase plant availability, and digitalization is key. A central data platform and high-performance network components are the basis of a digital twin that can be used to map and optimize an entire plant lifecycle. COMOS, an engineering solution, can be used to plan a plant with a common data basis. Bidirectional data transfer with the SIMATIC PCS 7 process control system offers benefits in automation. The SIMIT program can simulate plant behavior and XHQ supports management decisions with transparent facts and figures. MindSphere, an open, cloud-based IoT operating system, supports companies on the way to digital transformation, regardless of sector or size, as the basis for applications and data-based services that help with preventive maintenance, management of energy data, and optimization of resources. Siemens’ digital solutions convert data into real-time knowledge for plant operators. Siemens, Berlin, Germany

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ABB Connected Services, Cyber Security Workplace Suite

The ABB Ability Connected Services suite includes five areas: Condition Monitoring & Diagnostics, Backup Management, Remote Access, Fleet Assessment, and Asset Optimization. ABB also has a solution that automates foundational security best practices for power generation automation in response to increasing security demands of the energy sector. ABB’s Cyber Security Workplace has a suite of applications that offer a roadmap to achieve improved reliability and automate efforts to apply security best practices. The solution is capable of demonstrating compliance with international standards, national regulations, and recommended security best practices. The security applications can minimize labor associated with applying tested and securely delivered patches and antivirus, routine backups, and routine system hardening for both the ABB Ability Symphony Plus and ABB Ability System 800xA 5.1 distributed control systems. ABB, Zurich, Switzerland

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Schneider Electric EcoStruxture Helps Industrial Customers

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, has designed the EcoStruxture for Industry system to help industrial customers remove complexity, leverage open technology, and experience new levels of value and efficiency. The IIoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture for plants and machines leverages the company’s next-generation System Platform 2017, powered by Wonderware. System Platform 2017 offers significant new capabilities for developers and users. EcoStruxure for Industry, released in 2017, helps customers unlock the potential of digitization and IIoT to accelerate open, standards-based development and offer industrial customers a flexible alternative to models where multiple and disparate systems within a process often require complex and significant engineering to leverage the IIoT opportunity. Schneider Electric, Rueil-Malmaison, France

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Bentley CONNECT Edition Brings Infrastructure Solutions

Bentley’s CONNECT edition is now available across all its applications. The core platform, including ProjectWise, MicroStation, and Navigator, came out in 2015, followed by many more of its design, analytical, construction, and reality modeling applications in 2016, and the remaining applications in 2017. The BIM application, AECOsim Building Designer, enables CONNECT to offer seamless, translation-free, “intra-operability” among Bentley’s complete portfolio of design, analytical, and construction modeling applications across all of the many industries it serves, enabled by their common DGN file format and data connectivity through the cloud. The seamless intra-operability among Bentley products enables AECOsim Building Designer to be used for the detailed design of structures within a project, along with ProjectWise for project management, Navigator for design review and coordination, ConstructSim for construction, and AssetWise for operations. Bentley Systems, Exton, Pennsylvania

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