by combining Wonderware Intelligence and Wonderware Workflow, along with Wonderware IntelaTrac to leverage key information data from multiple sources
Pensacola, Florida – What does carpet, tennis balls and radiators
have in common? They are all
manufactured using Nylon 6-6, a type of nylon which is used in the production
of textiles, carpet and molded plastics, with worldwide production of this
material growing every year. With four
integrated manufacturing facilities located throughout the southeast region of
the U.S., Ascend Performance materials is the global leader in the production
of Nylon 6-6.
Visual Factory and Wonderware
While maintaining its leadership position in
production, Ascend was behind the times in the implementation and use of modern
technology to optimize its operations.
was brought on board to help Ascend transform from a ‘1950s’ era plant, into a
modern manufacturing facility with the implementation of advanced technology to
more effectively run the business,” said S. Melissa Scheppele, CIO and vice
president of IT at Ascend. “We looked at a number of companies and solution
from both hardware and software perspectives, and found the Wonderware solution
was the best match for our operation.”
Factory keeps tabs on the ‘big picture,’” said John Johannemann, Ascend plant
manager for the Pensacola facility. “It
basically tells us whether or not were straying from the middle of the road and
getting close to a ditch. We are able to
see the warning signs.”
Turning Operations Data into Actionable
Ascend operations must access multiple software
systems to manage day-to-day operations in an effective and secure manner.
These systems generate large
sets of data which contain critical information pertaining
to management systems, planning and cost information in business systems and
energy consumption. As a result, Ascend management was challenged with
creating relevant reports reflecting performance measures in overall context of
their operational process.
The company’s previous process entailed collecting
and analyzing data manually which was not effective, since the information
collected was generated after the fact, and was too complex for collaborative
use across the organization.
Wonderware Intelligence software addresses the challenges
faced by Ascend to leverage the hidden insights in industrial data.
software automates the transformation of time series and transactional data
across multiple sources and turns large amounts of Industrial “Big Data” into
actionable metrics and Key Performance Indicator (KPI) information. Metrics and
context data is kept in an open information model, providing a single version of
the current data. This is stored in data
warehouses and enterprise business intelligence tools enabling Ascend management
to make strategic sense out of the production data.
to implementing Wonderware software, the data was collected manually on pieces
of paper that stayed on a clipboard until the clipboard was full,” said Bert
Penegar, maintenance coordinator at Ascend.
“Now that data is recorded and we can see who did the round and track
down what they posted in the system.”