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Zenith Awards surpass expectations

PROCESS and Control Engineering’s inaugural PACE Zenith Awards 2004 initiative has surpassed all expectations, both in terms of the quality of the competition and the high calibre of attendees at the awards ceremony, which was held in Sydney on 2 June.

Never before have so many key playmakers in our industry been present at one function, at the same time.

The guest list totalled about 75 people, comprising award finalists, sponsors, industry representatives, Reed Business Information (RBI) personnel and media groups. Among those present were Ian Swift, one of the interstate Zenith Award judges, and Jeremy Knibbs, Chief Executive Officer of RBI.

In total, the awards ceremony highlighted 32 finalists in eight categories. In each a winner and a highly commended were selected. All are listed here.

The presentation was held at a breakfast function at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

Roll call of champions

Winner in the Automotive Category is Holden for its 8A Press Line Safety/Control System. Highly Commended is Ford Motor Company of Australia for its Welding Cell Automation Upgrade.

Winner in the Chemicals & Petrochemicals Category is Process Design & Fabrication / GlaxoSmithKline for the GSK Fine Chemicals Facility. Highly Commended is Comalco for its CAR Distributed Control System.

Winner in the Food & Beverage Category is SMOFAD Control Systems Australia for its Glue Detection System. Highly Commended is Machinery Automation & Robotics for its Tooheys Brewery Canning Line Upgrade.

Winner in the Metal Products Manufacturing Category is BlueScope Steel for its No. 4 Metallic Coating Line Radiant Tube Burner Project. Highly Commended is Fulcrum Suspension Group for Tooling Mould Detection System.

Winner in the Mining, Metals & Mineral Processing Category is Rio Tinto Coal Australia for the Kestrel Coal Alarm Rationalisation Project. Highly Commended is CSIRO Exploration & Mining for its Vehicle Automation Technology.

Winner in the Oil & Gas Category is Apache Energy for the Varanus Gas Processing Train Project. Highly Commended is Santos for the Moomba Processing Plant Automation Upgrade.

Winner in the Transport & Infrastructure Category is Freightlink for the Alice Springs to Darwin Train Control. Highly Commended is Origin Energy Asset Management for its Gas Telemetry Control Network.

Winner in the Water & Wastewater Category is MidCoast Water for its SCADA System Integration Project. Highly Commended is Icon Technologies for its Subsea Cold Cutting System.

The winners say it all

8A Press Line Safety/Control System

“Holden - Manufacturing Engineering Group is proud to receive this award. It recognises the great efforts made by Holden’s engineering group in association with WIA Corporation, Schneider Electric, Pilz Australia, Rockwell Automation and Sage Automation - and demonstrates how a diverse range of Australian and international companies and technologies can integrate to produce world class automation solutions.”

Elio Amato, Senior Electrical Engineer Manufacturing Engineering, Holden

GSK Fine Chemicals Facility

“We are delighted to have received this award. On behalf of GSK, I would like to thank both PACE magazine (Reed Publishing) and Endress+Hauser. The collaborative nature between GSK and our engineer, PDF provided the basis for a strong project team with the right mix of skill sets, especially in relation to providing the vision and execution of the automation strategy. The faith of GSK upper management in approving an automation solution based on bus technology was vital. So was the commitment shown by all our instrument suppliers (Emerson, Endress+Hauser, and Pepperl & Fuchs) and especially our DCS supplier, Yokogawa, to making the integrated solution work. Finally I thank the GSK engineering team for adopting the new technologies, getting on board and learning about advanced technology and maintaining them. The project was brought in on time and on budget with very little pain in terms of commissioning the automation solution, despite the complexity of bus systems. Since then the plant has exceeded all production targets set out in the original submission. The automation components have been reliable and easy to maintain.”

Marc Stormer, engineering manager, GlaxoSmithKline, Port Fairy

Glue Detection System

“SMOFAD Control Systems (Aust) would like to thank PACE and all its sponsors for providing a platform for new and innovative ideas to be recognised. The establishment of the Zenith Awards gives companies, small business and ordinary people the opportunity to be recognised for their efforts and hard work, and sets a standard/benchmark for industry to aspire to and strive for. Once again thank you to PACE for the recognition after all our hard work! It was a fantastic day, and from what we witnessed, enjoyed by all.”

Murray Dicker, director, SMOFAD Control Systems (Aust)

Tooheys Brewery Canning Line Upgrade

“We were thrilled to be nominated as a finalist in the PACE Zenith Awards and were extremely impressed with all the other finalists. Firstly I would like to congratulate all of them for the fascinating projects they were all involved in. For Machinery Automation and Robotics, receiving the Highly Commended award in the Food & Beverage Category was extremely exciting. At Machinery Automation and Robotics we pride ourselves on delivering the best solution possible, while exceeding all customer expectations in terms of project design, quality of build, seamless installation, training and documentation. Winning the Highly Commended Award for the Tooheys Can Line was great recognition for a fascinating and challenging project where all of the MAR team involved gave 110 percent of themselves. Thank you PACE Magazine for organizing and driving such a great event and thanks to Zenith for sponsoring the Awards.

Clyde Campbell, managing director, Machinery Automation and Robotics

No. 4 Metallic Coating Line Radiant Tube Burner Project

“This project was successful due to the efforts of Roger Wilkinson (project manager), Andrew Taber and Martin Thomas (electrical engineers), Darren Tilley and Irene Petkovsek (gas systems) and Graeme Hardaker (gas compliance) and our installation teams from Western Port Pipe and Peninsula Industrial Electrics. Winning this award has generated considerable excitement within the Western Port Works. It has featured in our internal safety bulletins and our manager's newsletter. All the team members were pleased to see their efforts recognised. The trophy will take up residence in our entry foyer.”

Andrew Sewell, chief automation engineer, BlueScope Steel, Western Port Works

Alice Springs to Darwin Train Control

“ARG was the train control centre that controlled the Alice Springs to Darwin corridor during the construction by Adrail, then train control of the Northgate (Tarcoola interface point with ARTC) and Darwin since the completion of construction under contract to Freightlink. ARG also provides the accreditation as a rail operator, provision of some wagons, locomotives and all train crews for Freightlink’s freight services between Adelaide and Darwin under contract.

“My role, as supervisor of the train control centre, required my involvement in the development of the Westorder train control system at a very close level. Ensuring the system being developed was in accordance with the railway safe working rules for the corridor (Code of Practice for the Defined Interstate Network & the ASR Addendum) and the procedures and practices used by the ARG transport controllers.

“One of the ARG transport controllers, Paul Howard, also played an active role liaising with Westinghouse, visiting their workshops on occasions during the development process. These visits related to advising the Westinghouse programmers in many aspects of the system as a train controller/operator.

“The system has been in active operation since 9 January 2004, and since that date has been used for the issue of train authorities for the progress of train movements. The issue of each train provides software and visual protection from potential conflicts or breaches of safe working rules or procedures.

“Ongoing development has still continued in a consultative process between ARG and Westinghouse, ensuring continuity of safe working processes whilst the system is upgraded to provide increased protection and operational flexibility.”

Trevor Kennewell, train management manager, Australian Railroad Group

SCADA System Integration

“We are delighted with the award result. I think it is a tremendous tribute to the expertise and innovation of all those involved in the project. But the greatest result has been in the long-term benefits this project will bring to our community and the environment. Our treatment plants are now operating more efficiently and economically, and we look forward to developing further improvements in the future.”

Neil Hanington, general manager, MidCoast Water

Subsea Cold Cutting System

“ICON Technologies is very pleased to be recognised in the PACE Zenith Awards, Water & Wastewater category, for our contribution to the Jetcut underwater cold cutting system. This was a challenging application that combined conventional PLC control with high speed acquisition and processing of acoustic data, and a tight implementation deadline. Thanks to National Instruments for providing us with brilliant development tools, and Jetcut for continuing the fine tradition of daring and innovation in Australian engineering.”

Dr Mark Trotman, managing director, ICON Technologies

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