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Old 07-07-2013, 02:38 AM   #11
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I'm a process control specialist (instrumentation Technician) at a very large Corn Starch Processing Facility. We have processes from robotics, Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers, complex chemical delivery, Starch Dryers, Scrubbers, to water treatment, utilities (50lb - 700lb Steam, power generation, 4160V Centac air compressors), etc.

SLC 5/05, PLC2, PLC 5, Control Logix 5000, Provox, Control Net, Ethernet Remote I/O rack, Pi Data historian.

Field instruments (pH, air/water/chemical flow, pressure, temp, level, from Fisher, Foxboro, Rosemount, Moore, Endress & Hauser, Micro-Motion, Mettler Toldeo, etc.

Honeywell Burner Controllers, Motoman Robots, Stone bag packaging and palletizing systems, Allen Bradley PowerFlex Drives, PF4, PF70, 700, 7000, 753, 755. 1336, 1305s, Motors from 1/25HP to 750HP, Fisher and Masoneilin Control Valves, Xomox, Triad, and Hytork Discrete Valves.

The plant was built in 1967 and equipment ranges from ancient to tomorrow's technology.

As a field tech, I take calls for any sort of malfunction and troubleshoot, repair or replace any necessary items and also design and install new systems.

Currently just beginning 4 Control upgrades for 4 different processes from PLC 2 and Provox to CL5000 at $200,000 each. We also have 4 new builds beginning this fall, $220 million.

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Old 07-07-2013, 05:51 AM   #12
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I'm a process control specialist (instrumentation Technician) at a very large Corn Starch Processing Facility. We have processes from robotics, Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers, complex chemical delivery, Starch Dryers, Scrubbers, to water treatment, utilities (50lb - 700lb Steam, power generation, 4160V Centac air compressors), etc.

SLC 5/05, PLC2, PLC 5, Control Logix 5000, Provox, Control Net, Ethernet Remote I/O rack, Pi Data historian.

Field instruments (pH, air/water/chemical flow, pressure, temp, level, from Fisher, Foxboro, Rosemount, Moore, Endress & Hauser, Micro-Motion, Mettler Toldeo, etc.

Honeywell Burner Controllers, Motoman Robots, Stone bag packaging and palletizing systems, Allen Bradley PowerFlex Drives, PF4, PF70, 700, 7000, 753, 755. 1336, 1305s, Motors from 1/25HP to 750HP, Fisher and Masoneilin Control Valves, Xomox, Triad, and Hytork Discrete Valves.

The plant was built in 1967 and equipment ranges from ancient to tomorrow's technology.

As a field tech, I take calls for any sort of malfunction and troubleshoot, repair or replace any necessary items and also design and install new systems.

Currently just beginning 4 Control upgrades for 4 different processes from PLC 2 and Provox to CL5000 at $200,000 each. We also have 4 new builds beginning this fall, $220 million.

Funny..Sounds like you and I have the same job and use the exact same equipment. I was reading your post and kept thinking to myself...That sounds like my job, that sounds like my plant.... Our plant was built in 2004 and we just now upgraded our 700hp forming fans to AB VFD's They used to be 4160 soft starts and holy crap when we would fire them up (7 of them) the entire city of Shasta Lake would go dim....LOL
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:57 AM   #13
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Allen Bradley, you can buy better but you can't pay more.

Sorry, I was a Phoenix Contact and Eaton sales guy for a long time.

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Old 07-07-2013, 06:40 PM   #14
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Funny..Sounds like you and I have the same job and use the exact same equipment. I was reading your post and kept thinking to myself...That sounds like my job, that sounds like my plant.... Our plant was built in 2004 and we just now upgraded our 700hp forming fans to AB VFD's They used to be 4160 soft starts and holy crap when we would fire them up (7 of them) the entire city of Shasta Lake would go dim....LOL

Nice. We use SMC-Flex Soft Starts, but have moved to some drives with a 10min ramp times. The SMCs just don't seem to last anymore. Come to think of it, the Powerflex drives haven't been lasting either.
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Started life as a mech eng in building systems at a large semiconductor plant then went back to school for modeling and control. Now do development work for gas turbine controls (power gen) on GE markvi and vie controllers.

For my brew setup I've been playing with a Click PLC from automation direct and have been very impressed. The plc is dirt cheap, simple ladder logic and I have it executing at 40ms. There are no pre canned PID loops, but I was able to write my own. They just added analog modules and rtd/thermocouple modules which weren't available when I first purchased the plc. I also interface it with the free IGSS hmi software and have it communicating via modbus rtu. Should be a slick setup once its finished.

I've got a couple jci metasys controllers that I inherited from a family member but no software to run them. I've heard that the sw is expensive but if anyone here knows better I'd be interested in getting those fired up.

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Bahaaaaa That's funny...True! But funny none the less!


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Allen Bradley, you can buy better but you can't pay more.

Sorry, I was a Phoenix Contact and Eaton sales guy for a long time.
Haha... I'll agree with half of that, you absolutely can't pay more. However, I'm sort of a Rockwell fanboy. I've got a couple of L71 processors on my desk at work right now and they are a pleasure to work with. So please enlighten me, what is better?
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I do HVAC control systems and I can say that the Honeywell XL-10 (What I use for jobs) has many possibilities. It can control Security systems to lighting and even parts of your brewery process. It may take some time but you could even do parts of it away from home if hooked up to the internet.
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I am a Sr. software engineer and systems architect for a game company.

I write software and do hardware design as well. I feel a bit out of place reading all the PLC/HVAC stuff you guys do.

I use all C/C++ in Atmel micro-controllers, write custom code and interface to Linux x86 machines for the big thinking: image recognition and processing, sound generation, networking, interfacing to the internet, etc..

Iv'e done wireless mesh networks within home automation, worked in the carwash industry, automated inventory tracking within campuses and a small bit working on time and attendance devices.

Also a ham radio operator.

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. I'm a Power Plant Electrician. I don't do a lot with automation, but I do work with PLCs(Allen Bradley) and instrumentation.


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.......For my brew setup I've been playing with a Click PLC from automation direct......
Would mind sharing your Click Program so I can steal ideals from it?

I've been using the Koyo Click, Cmor Micro, AD frequency drive, and Solo temp controls. Everything was communicating with Modbus. Right now i'm redoing my panel to use a RTD module instead of the Solo temp controllers. It's really cleaning up the panel.
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