APPLICATION: DeltaV Scalable Process System
-- Equipment failures in process-intensive industries have been known to shut down an entire process, resulting
in lost production and revenue. To prevent such failures, process companies in pharmaceutical, pulp and paper,
and chemical industries are implementing process control systems and software.
Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Houston, develops and markets process automation equipment and software for companies
seeking to automate and control their processes. Fisher-Rosemount's DeltaV Scalable Process System, developed and
deployed with the Objectivity object-oriented database from Objectivity Inc., Mountain View, Calif., provides methods
for ensuring against failures and related process control problems.>/P>
Jim Cahill, product manager at Fisher-Rosemount, explained that the Objectivity database and a Microsoft Internet
Explorer-like interface have boosted DeltaV well beyond the competition. Commenting on the significant benefits
of the DeltaV system, Cahill explained that in the past people using process control systems required tremendous
amounts of training to get up and running. "That learning curve is now significantly reduced, due to our Internet
Explorer-like navigation. We have customers who have seen up to a 60% reduction in required training," he
According to Cahill, the process is easier to navigate because the system is easier to operate and control.
Also, from an engineering aspect, controllers can now be automatically recognized. "When you plug a new component
into the environment, you have a plug and play implementation," said Cahill. "In the past, you would
have had to actually get in there and toggle dip switches or something. One of the biggest things our customers
see is that we have embedded diagnostics running. This provides a much more productive maintenance environment
because you can report problems immediately." Because speed in development was an issue, Fisher-Rosemount
changed from its previously used methodology to an iterative development methodology. This formal methodology was
used throughout the software lifecycle, and the company has recently passed an ISO audit with this process.
- Deborah Melewski
|Comprised of approximately 100 experienced software engineers OODBMS key to building, deploying
The system easily navigates and manages the process and reports on problems to ensure that failures do not occur.
The ability to prevent failures that would have shut down an entire process results in continued production and
Objectivity/DB from Objectivity, Inc.
Microsoft Visual C++ from Microsoft
C++ for embedded Systems from Microtec
Select/OMT from Select Software