The control system which was installed on Blanda in 1991 was an Asea / ABB Master system - the precursor to the later platform Advant Master DCS, which began its next step in the evolution process in 2004 with the introduction of 800xA enabled products, 800xA for Advant master.
This means that the shift to the 800xA platform could be handled relatively simple: the original Asea / ABB Master controllers were upgraded with new CPUs and then integrated into System 800xA by transferring the application programming to the new system. In addition, the plant was equipped with a few new controllers.
In this way, large parts of the control system could be upgraded without the need to design a completely new system, use expensive operating hours of commissioning, perform new electrical installations or integrate new signals into the plant.
Per Steffensen: "A significant part of the value of a control system is the application programming that has been done. We largely preserve the programming and transfer it to the new control system."
With an Automation Sentinel agreement, ABB's control system lifecycle management program, Landsvirkjun has been able to keep the proven process platform that has worked for 24 years, but now with upgraded software and hardware, enhanced user control and new functionalities such as a history database.
Through the Automation Sentinel subscription, Blanda receives the latest software corrections such as patches, revisions and new versions for all control systems covered, thus improving the performance of the control systems being the brain of the plant. Blanda also receives Microsoft® security patches and3rd party Antivirus files verified by ABB for relevance and system compatibility to secure their systems against cyber threats.