Invensys Operations Management (Australia) announced the North American winners of its annual Wonderware Open competition in November, 2009. Winners were recognized for their innovative use of Wonderware® software to generate business results in several sectors. Presentations of these outstanding applications are part of the conference general sessions and winners are being awarded at a special ceremony during the company’s OpsManage’09 conference, hosted in Anaheim, Calif.
Entries were judged by industry experts, trade magazine editors, industry analysts and the Invensys Operations Management executive team, and winners were chosen because of the impact the solution has on product quality, productivity, ROI, energy savings, customer responsiveness and faster time to market.
“Marking the 15th year of the Wonderware Open award program, our customers and ecosystem partners continue to deliver outstanding innovative projects using Wonderware software solutions,” said Mark Davidson, vice president, global marketing, Invensys Operations Management. “These awards give other Invensys partners, potential customers and the industry in general an opportunity to see the dramatic impact, scope and potential of the Wonderware brand of software applications across a variety of industries. Using the strength of our open platform, our partners and customers continue to work together to improve manufacturing and industrial operations in real time, collaborating to achieve sustainable business results.”
Pepsi Bottling Ventures was deemed “Best Industry Solution” based on improvements in its reporting and trending capabilities after implementing Wonderware technology, which allowed management teams to review performance data in consistent, reliable and easily shared formats. Pepsi identified the cause of downtime in the changeover process and was able to reduce it by 50 percent. The plant has achieved an overall 10 percent increase in line efficiency and total investment payback took less than one year.
“With more detailed data available from the PLCs in real time, we are able to cost-justify upgrade products specifically for certain machine centers,” said Chris Bacon, production manager, Pepsi Bottling Ventures of Idaho. “We’re able to prove the need for more capital investments.”
The “Best Manufacturing Intelligence Application” was awarded to Campbell Soup predominantly due to the company’s improvements in barcode, printer and vision system applications. The new system supported by Wonderware technology enabled the company to discover gaps in its quality system and reduced labeling issues by 97 percent. Johnson & Johnson was recognized for the “Best Manufacturing Execution System Application” with overall improvements made to product scheduling using the Wonderware System Platform built on ArchestrA technology. The object-oriented capabilities of ArchestrA technology allows for an implementation that met the facility’s extensive scheduling requirements without sacrificing the quality, robustness or feature functionality of the system.
OxyChem Taft was awarded the “Best Mobile Solution” for its use of Wonderware IntelaTrac to ensure the proper function of critical instruments in its manufacturing facilities, which produce polyvinyl chloride resins, chlorine and caustic soda. Functional checks and audits are regularly performed by operations personnel on equipment to prevent and mitigate hazardous chemical release during routine and emergency operations. Wonderware has been successfully used for the past seven years to collect and report routine operating data, safety and environmental inspections and analyzer calibrations.
The “Best HMI / SCADA” award went to the China Ministry of Railways for its use of Wonderware System Platform as the SCADA system to help operate the country’s national railway system. The project, which extends to the year 2020, involves the automation of all power-monitoring points for a majority of the Chinese railroad system and will feature 3 million input/output points. The China Ministry of Railways has experienced a 50 percent reduction in project implementation time for each successive project, due to the highly productive, remote development and deployment capabilities of the system.