DOMO Caproleuna GmbH has evolved their control system to ABB’s flagship System 800xA on one of their production lines. This is only the first step towards a completely centralized control room and with cutting edge process control technology. The high performance HMI and the innovative Extended Operator Workplace by ABB will ensure efficiency and quality at the site.
Innovation at a traditional location
DOMO Chemicals is globally active as a Polyamide-6 manufacturer. The site in Leuna is one of the world’s largest caproclactam production facilities with a production capacity of 170,000 tons per year and currently employs a staff of 530.
The line for Hydroxylammonium sulfate* (HAS) production has been controlled by System 800xA from the central control room at the DOMO site in Leuna since August 2016. ABB supplied the complete hardware and software for migrating the existing Unix-based Advant MOD300 control system. Consequently, the approximately 2,000 process signals from the production line are now processed and visualized by the 800xA control system. The process is operated from two state-of-the-art Extended Operator Workplaces (EOW). Once the migration is complete (scheduled till end of 2020), around 11,000 signals from the production lines will be automated by the ABB control system using eleven EOWs in a unique and ergonomic control room environment.
“The new system has been met with great enthusiasm at our company,” reports DOMO project manager Phillip Thal. The DOMO project team and the specialists from ABB have been working closely together for nearly two years. Especially when the individual graphic objects were being designed, the DOMO team contributed with their practical experience at the site. The visualization of individual valves or measurement points, etc. are reminiscent of the corresponding symbols in the user interface of the old system. This provides users with a certain feeling of security. The visualization interface of System 800xA follows a new concept of High Performance HMI that increases situation awareness for fast process handling.
*Hydroxylammonium sulfate is used in the production of anti-skinning agents, pharmaceuticals, rubber, textiles, plastics and detergents.