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Modernisation program from Invensys improves ageing assets

October 2012 News

Invensys Operations Management has unveiled a new program designed to help clients modernise and improve the performance of their ageing control systems and other plant assets. The program guides clients in justifying modernisation costs, reducing risk, deploying advanced technology and approaching plant upgrades strategically and systematically.

“Today’s manufacturers are facing new, more complicated challenges as their equipment and workforce continue to age,” says Dave Gaertner, global consulting director, IOM. “In order to comply with increasingly complex regulatory guidelines, minimise downtime and maintain safe, environmentally friendly operations, many companies are seeking to modernise their plants with an holistic view of their business requirements instead of making like-for-like equipment replacements. Taking advantage of their existing assets, modernisation allows companies to link their business and production processes, remove traditional barriers to collaboration and empower their most valuable resource – their people.”

An holistic approach to modernisation can provide the clearest pathway to improving plant efficiencies, increasing production rates and sustaining profitability. Under the program, Invensys will deliver full-scope consulting; project management; engineering, installation and maintenance services and products and solutions that minimise the risk of operating obsolete technologies. The company’s hardware and software offerings address all operational areas of the plant, including instrumentation, I/O and HMI, safety and critical control systems, turbo machinery assets, process safety lifecycle components, cyber security systems and other cross-enterprise assets.

“Modernising existing assets to meet today’s new business challenges has many benefits,” explains Gaertner. “A full-scope modernisation program can help reduce total cost of ownership, increase production rates, meet regulatory guidelines and manage risks, extend the life and performance of systems and improve response to changing business demand.”

For companies that know they need to modernise existing assets, but do not know where to begin, Invensys starts with an assessment to understand the company’s business initiatives and issues. The input received is then used to develop a long-range strategic plan that meets the plant’s business and technology needs. As part of the assessment, Invensys also helps clients establish return-on-investment targets.

For more information contact Jaco Markwat, Invensys Operations Management, +27 (0)11 607 8100, tech@invensys.co.za, www.iom.invensys.co.za





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