Case Study: Redundancy & Failover

Redundancy & Failover For Existing Furnace Control System

Arconic

Arconic is a world leader in Aero-Engine and High Technology Manufacturing. The company has manufacturing facilities in five countries and is a world-leading provider of Seamless Rolled Rings, Closed Die Forgings, Open Die Forgings, Extruded Forgings, and Speciality Metals to primarily the Aerospace market as well as a spectrum of related markets.


The Challenge

Specialist furnace plant is used to remove chemical impurities which enable the manufacture of an end product which is clean and has a consistent make-up, required for such precision components.

Throughout the company’s manufacturing facilities a number of SCADA systems are used to provide control and operator visualisation to the furnace control systems. The system is used to load furnace setup instructions and record process variables of each batch, critical for product compliance and quality assurance.

The Project

A virtualised system was deployed to provide redundancy of the existing furnace control system. The system was configured to provide failover for
both application and process data in the event of PC hardware failure, allowing the plant to continue operation.

The Result

The virtualised dashboard provides the companies central IT team full access to the systems status and diagnostics with an Email alert facility indicating system activity and inactivity.


Engine

Client's Feedback

“I would just like to express my thanks to your Engineering Support Team as you have helped us recently. Owing to an erroneous update we experienced a failure of our iHistorian data historian. As you are aware the historian is used as a storage centre for our furnace data so is of critical importance to us.

The result being that the historian required a rebuild and the historical data restoring back to our VM Servers. The response from your support team has been first class, the best support I have experienced. From start to finish the rebuild took only two days which is nothing short of phenomenal.

I would have no hesitation in recommending your Support Services to others. Many thanks to all involved.”

 

Project Manager 

Arconic


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