System 800xA’s ‘xA’ stands for Extended Automation and utilizes the system architecture which was built for application integration in a fully redundant, reliable environment. System 800xA extends the reach of traditional automation systems – beyond control of the process – to increase energy efficiency, asset utilization, energy savings and operator effectiveness.
The power of integration
In order to be competitive, various plant entities, departments and personnel have to work as one flexible, integrated, collaborative team. For this to be accomplished, an automation platform with comprehensive connectivity capabilities is necessary. Integration of systems and applications where all actionable information is available for use in the system can be provided to users in a variety of roles.System 800xA Extended Automation is an integration platform with unparalleled connectivity to enterprise and plant systems, applications, and devices that improves operations, engineering,
control and maintenance and provides a collaborative environment where real-time decision making is a reality. This is the Power of Integration.
System 800xA – System Intro Automation and Power Integration
Leaders in the process control industry have continually expressed the need for increased operational efficiency, reduced downtime, and reduced energy consumption. To meet these industry needs, a true integration platform is necessary in order to tie together the electrical control system, process control system, and maintenance equipment health information so managers and operators can make informed decisions on energy and lifecycle management.
Barriers and past attempts of Electrical Integration Electrical integration in the past has been hampered with lack of communication standards and architectural design resulting
in high project execution and commissioning costs and high life cycle costs. There are too many protocols used in electrical scada systems. Some are proprietary while others are
open standards. No one protocol has become dominant. As a result, the cost to engineer electrical scada systems is high when multiple vendors supply equipment that uses different communications protocols. The life cycle costs of a system with a hodgepodge set of communication links are also very high.
Electrical Integration is not new. It has been done in the past by hard-wiring signals between the electrical equipment and the process control system, as well as by building complex software gateways. The result is still two separate systems but they are awkwardly tied together. This traditional methodology has high integration costs, high project risks, and high life cycle costs. Organizational barriers among departments within plants and suppliers have also hampered integration efforts. A new approach is needed to overcome these barriers.
What value does System 800xA provide?
With Integrated Process and Power Automation, ABB’s System 800xA provides full plant integration. ABB’s Electrical Integration is based on open standards. ABB offers a complete portfolio of DCS, process electrification, and substation automation solutions which reduces project costs and risks.
System 800xA – System Intro Operator Effectiveness
Operator Effectiveness is the part of System 800xA that places the operator in focus. The operator needs to have a superior working environment to perform his tasks efficiently and successfully.
There’s got to be a better way Similar control room issues can be seen all over the world.
Operators do not have an efficient and user friendly work environment. They are expected to handle larger areas of the plant and they may not get the opportunity to train on critical
situations before they occur. Many operators do not have overview graphics on their HMI’s, an ergonomic work environment or sufficient access to necessary data. What they do have is more responsibility and pressure to perform at very high levels.
Global trends across all industries show operators have more responsibility at the same time as processes become more complex. The control room operator is becoming a very skilled and valuable knowledge worker. But, in order to get there, companies need to focus on operator effectiveness to address:
− Losses due to poor abnormal situation management
− Ever changing requirements and regulations
− Diminishing knowledge base and operator experience
− More sophisticated control strategies
− More systems, data and information overload
Improving Operator Effectiveness through integrated information With Operator Effectiveness we touch on more than just operator graphics or alarm management strategies. All aspects that impact operator performance be addressed to deliver true operator efficiency.
The four pillars of Operator Effectiveness that are addressed by ABB’s control room solutions are defined as:
− Integrated systems and applications
− High performance design
− Attention to human factors
− Operator competency
System 800xA – System Intro High Integrity Safety Automation
In the hierarchy of automation, safety automation is a tier above normal process control. Whether the process is continuous, discrete, or somewhere in between, safety automation can be found in most facilities and is critical to protecting people, the environment, and financial investment in the facility should the normal process control fail to keep the process within safe operating parameters.
What is safety automation?
Due to these demands, safety automation has special requirements related to how it must be addressed throughout the project lifecycle. IEC, ISA and other standards address the complete lifecycle of safety automation from equipment design and manufacturing to the complete project lifecycle that must be managed by the process owners. In the past, safety was always considered to be completely separate. Today, “integrated safety” is a hot topic that has many di erent meanings across both suppliers and customers.
800xA High Integrity – the Power of Integration 800xA High Integrity is an innovative development in safety automation and is a primary example of ABB’s power of integration. 800xA High Integrity provides the opportunity to fully integrate safety automation into the process automation environment in ways unmatched by any other supplier.
800xA High Integrity allows the safety system designer to choose the degree of integration appropriate for a specific application and control philosophy. 800xA High Integrity can be deployed as a fully segregated solution, integrated at the same plant network level as the process automation, integrated into the process control system but using dedicated safety
controllers on the same control level network, or fully integrated with both process control and safety automation executed simultaneously within the same controller hardware.
800xA High Integrity meets the most stringent requirements of IEC 61508 second edition for products to satisfy and increase the overall safety reliability for the safety integrity level (SIL) applications to a SIL3. 800xA High Integrity can also be used to meet safety requirements under NFPA , EN ISO 13849-1 (formerly EN 954-1) for machine safety, and most other safety standards. No other safety automation solution in the marketplace is more fl exible than 800xA High Integrity.