In 2008, the new system became successfully operational in the shortest time possible by shutting the live AC 460 controller for just 20 minutes, much less than the originally planned and committed time of 120 minutes. ABB made this possible by performing a complete check of the upgraded system before shipping it to the site and also by flawlessly planning the system set-up.
The customer is happy with the new solution because it increases the plant’s productivity through efficiency improvements and provides accurate information to the operators.
This year, ABB is executing a second phase of the project to meet additional plant demand.
The customer says that ABB’s lifecycle management evolutionary services were another strong factor in their decision to choose ABB. The plant will be able to operate both its legacy HMI and its new 800xA at the same time for up to 11 months. “Evolution really helps us get the latest state-of-the-art technology, which in turn will help us obtain more product features,” explains the project manager for the Alkali plant.