Loop tuning goes corporate

Corporate boardrooms are increasingly waking up to the fact that the most granular decisions made in their plants can have some of the biggest effects on the company’s profit and loss statement.


Corporate boardrooms are increasingly waking up to the fact that the most granular decisions made in their plants can have some of the biggest effects on the company’s profit and loss statement. In response, manufacturers of engineering products are increasingly adapting products for access at the business management level. A recent example of this is Expertune , which has adapted its PlantTriage software (designed for monitoring and evaluation of analytical measures for various plant loops) for use by corporate management.

"PlantTriage has primarily functioned at engineering level, identifying areas in need of fine tuning in order to obtain optimum efficiency,” says ExperTune CEO John Gerry. "The latest version of the software, developed with input from Oxford University, includes a dashboard that enables senior managers to view real-time performance benchmarks of an entire company's control system."

The new release of PlantTriage, accessible through a Web browser, includes a corporate overview of multi-site performance in real-time. Production devices accessible in this overview include everything from the controllers to the process instrumentation and control valves. The dashboard allows users to compare the performance of one site or plant to others across the enterprise. “A board of directors can be shown a snapshot view of current performance, or view performance over time of the entire corporation, with individual sites or plants broken out in detail,” says Gerry.

For other examples of plant floor software connecting to enterprise-level solutions, see my January editorial in Control Engineering .

—David Greenfield, editorial director, Control Engineering, dgreenfield@reedbusiness.com

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