Latest News

Landmark PROFIBUS PA project in the USA

The largest PROFIBUS PA installation in the US, with more than 3000 field devices, will have Siemens Energy & Automation as its Main Automation Vendor.

The new BASF JONCRYL Polymer Plant is a large green field project to be developed in Wyandotte, Michigan, with more than 5000 I/O points and scheduled for completion in 2009. The plant will include the Siemens SIMATIC PCS 7 distributed control system (DCS).

It will be the largest PROFIBUS PA installation in the US -a major achievement for the standard in a market dominated by FOUNDATION Fieldbus- and one of the world’s largest applications of redundant fieldbus.

As the project MAV, Siemens will help BASF to minimize the total cost of ownership at the plant by managing the other automation and control vendors involved in the project to ensure the smooth integration of all components into the system.

“Our MAV and technology evaluation processes were very thorough for this new plant,” says BASF Project Manager Dr. Wulf Beer, “We had to have complete confidence that the MAV will execute the project according to our expectations. The PCS 7 DCS technology, combined with Siemens’ project management capabilities, led to the selection.”

Siemens will supply a fully redundant DCS including redundant fieldbus connectivity using Active Field Distributors (AFDs), redundant networks, redundant controllers, redundant HMI servers, clients, as well as redundant batch servers.

“This award demonstrates the confidence BASF has in Siemens and the capabilities of PCS 7,” said Andreas Aufenanger, general manager, Siemens Process Automation. “We are very familiar with the BASF application standard and presented an execution strategy that is in line with the customer’s business objectives.”

Send this to a friend