2021 - AVEVA PI World 2021 - Manufacturing; Mining & Metals; Pulp & Paper
Tracking downtime and slowbacks: the old, the new and the not ugly
Rick Smith from International Paper (IP) initially presented a plan for downtime tracking at the 2015 PI World. Today's presentation follows the journey from prototype to initial deployment, testing, reimagining, and to production.
Competing business priorities and an incumbent application delayed serious work until 2018. Extra functionality added complexity which made certification more difficult, extending through 2020.
IP reimagined the PI System Active Framework (AF) solution by leveraging tools and techniques developed during other enterprise AF projects. Leveraging the latest techniques (e.g. AF arrays), visualizing state changes in PI Vision and using the PI Integrator for Business Analytics to replace the MS Excel reporting, and created a solution that went from old to reimagined to production in just two months. This presentation will share IP's journey.
Rick Smith is a Chemical Engineer with 35 years of paper industry experience. He combined his engineering background with computers to focus on process control and mill information systems. The goal is to improve company profitability and product quality through the use of data. Rick has worked with the PI system since the '90's and spends a lot of his time educating new hires and experienced engineers in the art of solving problems with process data.
o A Chemical Engineer out of Georgia Tech with a decade of industry experience that ranges from Operations Management to Process Control to Information Technology, Charles now focuses on using data especially PI data to create tools that allow employees to consume understand their Process Performance faster and in new and novel ways that enable them to gain more insight and make better decisions.