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The industrial enterprises these days are experiencing a paradigm shift and are looking to enhance their visibility in every aspect, especially the electronic control systems. As such, the pressure lies on a system integrator to ensure that all these systems are connected in order to make real-time data available to its employees.
However, the traditional electrical control systems do not integrate easily into connected operations, existing independently from the manufacturing unit’s process control system. As a result, their data is usually available inside a substation, making it potentially risky for the staff to access it.
Owing to these challenges, a system integrator is designed to leverage intuitive packaged power solutions. These systems provide sophisticated digital technology that can be integrated into a plant’s process control system, thereby merging the two into a single architecture. At the same time, it is also capable of providing access to the electrical system information that the customers require, offering benefits for not just the end-user but also the system integrator.
Let us now discuss how system integrators enable electrical control systems.
Offer Smarter Systems To End Users
About 2/3rd of new plants employ smart devices in their electrical systems. When these systems are digitally integrated, it gives end-users access to pertinent information such as operating conditions, faults, events, and alarms. This information can prove vital for workers to isolate the issue and then resolve it faster and promptly. This includes the ability to assess power quality issues and an unpredictable surge in energy intensity.
By making these electrical systems visible, it can also help workers to identify issues early before they move into the control system. For example, irregular electrical distribution loading can lead to malfunctioning of fans on catalytic converters.
When you are able to deliver intuitive power and electrical systems, it can give you more options to explore business opportunities as well as new projects for system integrators. Simultaneously, a well-connected system can also be used to gain remote access to the electrical system to improve safety.
Staff members are able to access electrical system information or open/close breakers from a remote location via their computer or a mobile device, without the need to enter a potentially hazardous high-voltage substation.
Better And Faster Integration For Integrators
Historically, integrators were required to develop custom programming for each and every control system. However, certain intelligent packaged power systems include standard integrators that can be reused across multiple projects. This allows them to reduce their programming requirements and also accelerate their integration times.
With the help of the right technology service partner, integrators can also ensure that the data from Intelligent Electrical Devices (IEDs) is delivered at speeds required by the customer. The vendor can connect all IEDs with interfaces to legacy networks by using Ethernet and other such communication protocols to provide access to real-time information on equipment as well as operating conditions.
Some vendors have also defined developed performance guidelines to determine how multiple systems will perform even before they are built. This can help integrators to bring down their testing times.
Creating A Viable Business Model
A system integrator plays a crucial role in helping industrial customers become more data-driven and well-connected. The ones that are able to provide effective and reliable access to the information required by the customers can help optimize their operations for greater success. By gaining the ability to provide intelligent electrical systems can allow system integrators to explore new business opportunities as well as projects.
An experienced service provider can help integrators achieve a competitive edge by offering them an intelligent packaged power solution that merges their electrical and process control. It also helps you leverage the power of real-time electrical control system data.