Cheminova has been a major user of ABB process software since the mid eighties and has long since learnt to appreciate ABB’s Lifecycle Management Program.
Upgrade of the control system without disruption
In 2008 when the ABB operator system at Cheminova’s P1 pesticide plant was changed to System 800xA it had far exceeded the expected lifetime. The transition from the old to the new operator system went without the slightest disruption to production.
Cheminova’s senior engineer Karl Anders Kvist views the future changes of generation that are to take place over the next 2-3 years at the other plants with confidence. The reason why the old MasterView operator interface of the P1 plant had such a long life was the fact, according to Karl Anders Kvist, that Cheminova has built up its own stock of spare parts and has therefore considered it feasible to continue as long as they did.
The MasterView operator system from P1 had a lifetime of over 20 years, which must be said to be excellent considering that Karl Anders Kvist, in his time, expected a life cycle of around 10 years.
The cost for the implementation of the new system is half that of the old one, and Karl Anders Kvist once again predicts a life of around 10 years for the new System 800xA. “By this we have now gone over to the Windows platform,” adds Karl Anders Kvist.