No matter how hard process industry players try to standardize their plant, there are numerous reasons which inevitably drive the plant towards heterogeneous equipment, instrumentation and process controls, therefore making vertical integration impossible. Adding to this heterogeneity is the difference in equipment generation, where it is quite frequent on a mature plant to have equipment, instrumentation and controls ranging over a period of 30 years difference.
Process integration plays a key part in the success of plant equipment revamps and/or upscales. Indeed, process variables in different units of the overall plant are interconnected. Upsets, load increases and cutbacks anywhere in the plant have impacts on the upstream and downstream units with which they integrate.
Adequate controls systems interfaces are one of the secrets to optimal plant integration. Adapting the interfaces between the existing systems architecture (which can be of a very different generation than the revamped/upscaled controls systems) and the new controls systems, as well as using the full performance of the latter by re-engineering the overall plant control scheme is another secret to a successful project.
With experience in the last 4 decades of process controls and its knowledge of control systems, CPC Engineering has positioned itself as a strong partner as systems integrator for all activities related to plant upscale, plant revamps as well as control systems revamp.