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African Petrochemicals Jan/Feb Edition 15_1 {2018}

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Machine Performance Analytics bring OEM Expertise into Producer’s Digital Environment FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines cloud for OEMs. Cloud-enabled analytics provide machine data organised in intuitive dashboards that pull from machines deployed across the globe. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has increased the availability of information throughout the enterprise by orchestrating data from multiple sources and applying machine-learning applications. But the power of new IIoT tools to improve machine performance is limited when those with access to information are not experts on the machine, leaving powerful machine information untapped. To better connect industrial producers with expertise outside their production environment, Rockwell Automation offers the FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines cloud for OEMs. Cloud-enabled analytics provide machine data organised in intuitive dashboards that pull from machines deployed across the globe. “By bringing the expertise of OEMs into a producer’s ecosystem, smart machines perform better, and critical process anomalies can be quickly resolved,” said Christo Buys, Business Manager – Control Systems, Sub-Saharan Africa, Rockwell Automation. “Cloud-based machine analytics give OEMs real-time and historical insights into how their equipment is operating from anywhere, so they can collaborate with customers to help reduce downtime.” An IIoT-enabled packaging machine from Cama Group showcases the value of increased collaboration to both OEMs and end users. The machine offers independent cart technology for fast changeovers, while the FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines cloud relays critical KPI data to the cloud. Real-time performance insights are displayed to Cama Group service engineers in five, easy-tonavigate screens. A primary display shows a global map indicating every machine at all customer sites the OEM has subscribed to the service. In addition to the display is summary information on machine status and recent OEE performance. A simple search function then allows service engineers to filter by specific end users, locations or machine types for further analysis. At the machine level, OEMs can also view information about machine states, top events, production counts, cycle time attainment, and custom process variables and counters for the last three months on pre-configured dashboards and drill-down screens. The system requires minimal setup from the OEM, and can be deployed and fully functional in a matter of minutes. A subscription-based model allows OEMs maximum flexibility and low, predictable costs. The FactoryTalk Analytics for Machines cloud is part of a larger, expanding ecosystem of analytics offerings from Rockwell Automation. About Rockwell Automation Rockwell Automation Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs approximately 22,000 people, serving customers in more than 80 countries. Enquiries: Christo Buys Business Manager - Control Systems Sub-Saharan Africa Rockwell Automation Tel: +27 (0) 11 654 9700 Email: Web: en_ZA Online 16 VIEW THE BACK EDITIONS ONLINE (No opt in or log in details required)

ECOTROL® 8C – now also available in PN 63 and ANSI Class 600 The ARCA ECOTROL® 8C control valve has proven itself in the process chemical, oil & gas, as well as power generation industries for many years. The unique cage retainer/clamping seat system enables simple maintenance to be done without the need for special tools. The ECOTROL offers a wide range of process tailored valve internals, including standard parabolic plugs (either metal seated or with the patented ARCA soft seal system), multistage low-noise perforated as well as double guided valve plugs. The gland packing system is certified according to TA Luft respectively ISO15848 Class B for a temperature range from -46 up to +200°C. ARCA of Germany have now extended the range to include valves with ANSI 600 and PN63 flanges or butt-welded ends. The valves meet ASTM and ASME standards applicable to the chemical and oil & gas industries. With the associated ARCA actuator type 812 with its innovative multi-spring field reversible diaphragm and associated intelligent positioners and optional spring chamber blanketing with instrument air, the ARCA ECOTROL® 8C is a technically, eco-friendly and economical process control valve. For more information contact: Desmond Delport, Valve & Automation Tel: +27 (0) 11 397 2833 Email:, 17


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