Reduced Development and Commissioning Time: Since S88 Builder configures the process control tasks, development efforts are reduced by up to 90%. With high reuse, the project configuration is more accurate, reducing errors and commissioning time by 50%. The easy-to-use S88 Builder Studio allows online modifications to be made quickly, further expediting the commissioning process.
Lower Risk: Making a control system upgrade based on S88 Builder lowers risks when undertaking the same project using yesterday’s approach of custom controller programming and custom HMI application programming. Since the S88 Builder Engine and HMI objects are similar to firmware, they are pre-tested to work together.
In addition, the S88 Builder system incudes full simulation. Sequences of operations in continuous process control systems and recipes in batch process control systems can be tested before implementation in the plant.
Increased Productivity: The S88 Builder faceplates and objects provide an intuitive interface for operators and maintenance personnel. Features such as the alert navigator and pipe animation allow the operator to quickly diagnose problems and maximize system uptime.
Easy-to-Use: The S88 Builder Studio includes an easy-to-use editor with built-in wizards that guide the user through the process of building the configuration. S88 Builder’s two-step approach of configuring devices and then configuring the process control tasks is much more flexible than yesterday’s monolithic custom programmed system. Once in production, the S88 Builder Studio allows the user to implement changes to the process control without affecting production.
Reduces Costs Today and Tomorrow: S88 Builder has been proven to reduce not only initial project costs, but also ownership costs. For example, one S88 Builder user added 20% to the capacity of a process cell by reducing weekly cleaning time from 13 hours to 5 hours. Operations personnel were able to refine sequences and test effectiveness with minimal plant engineering effort and without any integrator assistance. The additional capacity was worth millions of dollars annually.