Case Study: Brewing MES Standard

Multi-Site Operational Intelligence Standard Case Study

The Challenge

A global beverage producer required a replacement for numerous custom-developed legacy data collection and reporting systems in use at their 18 North American (NA) facilities. Their business operations depended heavily on these aging systems, but the technology used had become obsolete and increasingly expensive to maintain and improve. The company realized that selecting the correct replacement Operational Intelligence system infrastructure would be a critical decision with a significant impact on the company’s future operations.

McEnery Automation control system engineers played a key role in this multi-year implementation, working as part of our customer’s team throughout the entire project – from evaluation and testing, through system design, implementation and on-going system support.

The Solution

McEnery Automation’s MES Solution Architect was a primary technical resource during development of a functional specification and needs analysis, as well as the evaluation of potential solutions from several software vendors.

Once Rockwell FactoryTalk Historian SE was selected, a team of McEnery Automation MES Engineers implemented an evaluation system in a production environment with several preliminary applications. These test applications were used to review system performance under loaded conditions, and further evaluate system tools that analyze, visualize and share the collected data.

Initial applications developed for the evaluation system included:

Our MES engineers participated in many meetings with the customer, Rockwell and OSISoft to review the results of the evaluation system, select the most effective combination of system tools, and discussed product enhancements to meet the customer needs.

The final solution selected as a corporate standard for implementation at all NA facilities consisted of:

McEnery Automation performed these key roles for the NA rollout to 18 facilities:

McEnery Automation provided these roles in the development of data delivery tools:

The Result

As a result of thorough evaluation and preparation, our customer was successfully able to implement an enterprise-wide rollout of an Operational Intelligence system infrastructure in a relatively short time. The new system provides the capacity and flexibility to carry them into the future. The system immediately provided benefits in improved productivity through reduced downtime, scheduling efficiencies, process optimization and energy savings.