Automation & IT

PlantTriage Introduces CompareMap Process Improvement Tool

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 02, 2012

PlantTriage has introduced its new CompareMap tool, which allows plant operators to see how their plant changes over time. The tool highlights the biggest changes in plant performance, and provides drill-down into corrective actions.

CompareMap is included with all PlantTriage systems (version 10.1 and higher) and compares plant performance from two periods of time. Performance improvements and deterioration are highlighted instantly and operators can focus on changes in the plant.

The tool is based on Tree Map technology, which was developed by the University of Maryland as a way to visualize large amounts of data. Applied to real-time process control data, Tree Maps have been used to provide snapshots to pinpoint "trouble spots" in plant performance.

“Today’s plant operator looks over thousands of plant variables daily,” says George Buckbee, Vice President of Product Development at ExperTune. “PlantTriage’s CompareMap focuses operator attention on the most important aspects of plant performance, enabling the operator to make the most effective use of their time.”

Over 80 aspects of plant performance can be monitored, including production, quality, reliability, and cost-related parameters. Existing PlantTriage users receive the features at no charge as part of their software maintenance agreement.

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