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IPS joins SmartPlant Alliance, collaborating for project software

Invensys Process Systems (IPS) has joined Intergraph’s SmartPlant Alliance, integrating its software with Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise engineering solutions to enable highly automated project execution.

The new alliance will also help to improve the transfer of data from engineering, procurement and construction companies (EPCs) to plant owner operators using SmartPlant Enterprise.

“Aligning with SmartPlant Enterprise will help IPS meet our objective of changing how control system engineering is approached,” said IPS vice president of global processes and systems, Neil Holden.

“By compressing design and build schedules to make critical data available whenever it is needed, we can help improve our clients overall manufacturing, installation, construction, commission and training operations.”

As a SmartPlant Alliance technology member, IPS has developed complementary interfaces between Intergraph’s SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant P&ID, and SmartPlant Foundation with IPS’ industrial automation solutions.

These include Foxboro field devices and control systems, Triconex critical safety systems, SimSci-Esscor simulation software, Avantis enterprise asset management software, and the world’s first truly open enterprise control system, InFusion.

IPS engineering solutions are interfaced with SmartPlant Enterprise to offer a unique approach to design, installation and the commission of control systems that reduce costs, schedule timelines and risks.

Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise is an integrated suite of solutions for EPCs and owner operators to design, construct, safely operate and maintain a plant throughout its entire life cycle.

The interfaced IPS and Intergraph solutions will enable all parties to work with a common engineering solution to better manage plant information for enhanced plant safety and efficiency from design through decommissioning.

The two solutions are ideal for ongoing maintenance operations, as plants and assets are continually changing and being revised after handover to the owner operator.

“Many of our customers have standardised on SmartPlant Instrumentation and SmartPlant P&ID as their single environments for managing field instrumentation and process layout,” Holden said.

“The combination of IPS technology and SmartPlant Enterprise offers a unique and powerful solution, and SmartPlant’s intelligent, rule-based design capabilities make project execution much faster and efficient. This complementary interface enables our clients to access valuable information quickly and easily, helping them to reduce downtime, optimise operations and improve their overall return on plant assets.”

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