ATLANTA,GA — Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. has been selected as the Main Automation Vendor (MAV) for the new BASF JONCRYL® Polymer Plant in Wyandotte, Mich.
The large green field project of more than 5000 I/O points, scheduled for completion in 2009, will include the Siemens SIMATIC® PCS 7 distributed control system (DCS). It will be the largest PROFIBUS PA installation in the US — more than 3,000 field devices, and one of the world's largest applications of redundant fieldbus.
As the project MAV, Siemens will help BASF to minimize the total cost of ownership at the plant by managing the other automation and control vendors involved in the project to ensure the smooth integration of all components into the system.
BASF's vendor technology evaluation highlighted the superior batch capabilities of PCS 7 from Siemens. Additionally, PROFIBUS PA was judged to provide superior fieldbus capabilities compared to Foundation Fieldbus, particularly in the areas of interoperability, interchangeability and device compatibility.
Siemens will supply a fully redundant DCS including redundant fieldbus connectivity using Active Field Distributors (AFDs), redundant networks, redundant controllers, redundant HMI servers, clients, as well as redundant batch servers.
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