The goals of the automation platform migration were to interface various kinds of Level-1 and Level-2 equipment, replace some existing and add new controllers, transfer instrumentation to the DCS.
Beyond the technical challenge, the specific nature of the process required the installation to be carried out on-line, with no interruptions to production. The analysis work began in September, 2008 and the ABB system was operational – on schedule – by December 24, 2008.
With its high Seveso II (a European Union law aimed at improving the safety of sites containing large quantities of dangerous substances) threshold level, the Marseille Saint Menet factory considers safety a top priority. Components and equipment must comply with safety standards, especially ATEX (ATmosphère Explosive – a French classification of hazardous areas). ABB was the guarantor of the safety of the process during migration operations.