Water/Wastewater OEM Equipment Integration

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How Tesco follows proven strategies to overcome challenges when integrating OEM equipment.

史蒂芬•戈德斯沃思(Stephen Goldsworth)在乐购控制(Tesco Controls)报道, recently wrote an article for the December 2019 of the Global System Integrator Report, published by Control Engineering magazine. 排名第14位 based on total system integration revenue, Tesco is among the largest “System Integrator Giants” for 2020.

这篇文章, Strategies for Integrating OEM Equipment in Water/Wastewater Projects, discusses common issues with integrating OEM technologies into SCADA systems, and ways to merge them into a cohesive whole. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text.

Photo of packaged system at a water plant
Water/wastewater treatment plants typically contain many items of OEM equipment, each of which must be integrated with the balance of plant control systems.

Three OEM System Integration Challenges

Water/wastewater projects commonly incorporate numerous and significant items of packaged equipment supplied by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which must be combined into the larger balance of plant (BOP) operations. Integrating OEM subsystems introduces three categories of challenges for systems integrators (SIs):

挑战的三个方面
Challenges for integrating OEM vendor equipment in water/wastewater projects can be categorized into these three areas.

Contrasting standards arise due to the use of different programmable logic controller (PLC), 操作员接口终端, 和通信技术, 以及这些系统是如何编程的. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems must integrate all these disparate subsystems. Misalignment between cookie-cutter OEM equipment and project standards is common.

Photo of Ozonia UV packaged system at a water plant
The control and operator interface components found on OEM equipment may vary from the overall plant’s supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, yet all of these components must be closely integrated.

New process technologies require integration decisions. 整个设计过程, many different project team members from various disciplines need to work together. Often, the SI is in a uniquely key position to provide this coordination.

工厂标准源图的平衡
Project software standards can be difficult to align because they are impacted by many sources of information.

成功的整合策略

To meet the challenges stated above, successful SIs follow a combination of strategies:

  • 获取OEM厂商信息
  • 定义要集成的组件
  • 确定对齐软件标准
  • Integrate technologies between OEM equipment and the BOP
TESCO工程师在面板上工作
Projects may allow a deviation for standard OEM equipment to not match the overall SCADA configuration, but sometimes the OEM programming must be modified to follow SCADA standards.

Obtaining OEM vendor information may sound straightforward but can be complicated by various technologies involved and the project communication structure. Proactive SIs learn to navigate the project hierarchy to obtain the necessary information.

Packaged system OEMs often lack a direct line of communications to the systems integrator staff responsible for integrating their equipment into the balance of plant.

一起工作, the design team can first understand the process variables, 互锁, permissives, 警报, 命令, 和其他功能组件.

在理想的情况下, the data to be exchanged between OEMs’ PLCs and other PLCs in the system is well defined within the plans and specs and is accurate. 更典型, this information is approximated with little or no consideration of what is available from each OEM PLC.

处理, 指示, and acknowledging pertinent OEM 警报 through the larger BOP SCADA system can be a particular challenge. It is critical to determine what information will be integrated as early as possible in the project so the SCADA system can be properly designed.

软件标准, 如果它们存在的话, are likely to vary for different OEMs and for the overall project. A team workshop environment is often the best forum to work through these details and determine the best alignment. This is also the time to decide how technologies will be integrated with regards to the network architecture, 通信协议, 和软件.

展望未来

Integration of OEM equipment creates unique challenges for the SI responsible for incorporating these packaged systems into the overall BOP control system. Successful SIs use their experience to obtain the necessary information, coordinate with all contract team members, 并运用正确的技术. This allows them to develop an overall product aligned with the intent of the process control system design and meeting the needs of all project stakeholders. 

Photos were taken by Alan Horikawa, National Service Manager for beplay体育中心公司.,并展示一些TESCO的项目.

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Stephen Goldsworth