Our original concept for seamless and convenient data integration happens via Ethernet and OPC interfaces. Tight integration into the Plant Asset Management (PAM) is available with most DCS. This allows a view of each segment as part of the plant infrastructure rather than a monitoring instrument and its channel.
Information presents itself as “per segment” and device. The fieldbus segments and installation are tagged and easily identified with their tags as manageable assets. Configuration wizards read the setup data of the DCS and the PAM and add segment and device information to the respective infrastructure view of the PAM. The fieldbus segment becomes the manageable asset.
The setup is simple and self-configuring reducing engineering work. The FieldConnex® Advanced Diagnostic Gateway gathers information from the ADMs and converts it to Ethernet. The Diagnostic Manager identifies all ADMs automatically and configures itself. Utilities assist this through:
- Readout of data and tags from the DCS system
- Configuration of ADMs based on DCS system data
- Write of segment related information into the DCS system
- Integration of the visual interface into the DCS environment
The activities are supported through wizards guiding the process with step by step instructions.