The existing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system at a milling plant in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba was no longer supported by the software maker. And, while the existing PLC network was working well, the operator interfaces needed improvement.
Take the outdated, unsupported FactoryLink graphical interfaces and convert them to a new WinCC SCADA system on a new hardware platform. Run both SCADA systems in parallel to ensure complete functionality of the newly configured system.
As no migration path existed between FactoryLink and WinCC, each screen graphic was recreated to have a similar "look and feel" as the previous screens. Each PLC tag was manually entered and animated in the graphics.Previously impossible, we enabled operators to see all operations in all areas of the plant from their station.
We migrated the unsupported SCADA system to a well-known and supported platform when no straight conversion or migration path existed. By maintaining the "look and feel" of the previous graphics, operator training was significantly reduced.
The mill now employs a fully functional SCADA platform which they can leverage and utilize in the future as the plant expands and new equipment is added.