Dow Corning Moves To IoT-Enabled EcoStruxure DCS

March 5, 2018
Plug-and-play upgrade is expected to reduce capital expenditure.

Dow Corning upgrades its existing Foxboro I/A Series control system to the new EcoStruxure Foxboro distributed control system, a move that is expected to help Dow Corning’s Carrollton, Kentucky plant reduce its capital expenditure, according to Schneider Electric. EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric’s IoT-enabled, open and interoperable system architecture and platform, which the company says enables scalable design and operation of connected systems with cybersecurity built in at every layer. Because the project was completed ahead of schedule, Dow Corning was reportedly able to gain two extra days of production and revenue.

Working in tandem, Schneider Electric experts helped Dow Corning upgrade in phases, ensuring continuous, transparent operations, according to Schneider Electric. The team retained much of the DCS infrastructure, including its human-machine interface, field wiring and documentation, which prevented any need for a complete system shutdown or any halt to production.

“Modernizing to the EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS helps us improve how we control the efficiency, reliability and safety of our operations, in real time,” says Chris Wolfschlag, project manager, Dow Corning. “Because it gives us better visibility into the financial and business performance of our operations, we are better able to evaluate how our decisions and actions impact our overall operational profitability.”

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