Case Studies

OPC technology is currently installed in over 17 million machines and factories around the world. These case studies span several industries and highlight the real-world savings and benefits from using OPC technology.

Note: The views expressed in these documents do not necessarily reflect the views of the OPC Foundation.

Cloud / Modelling / Process Industry

Strategies for data-driven digital transformation in the plant

Equinor is a broad energy company of 21,000 colleagues committed to turning natural resources into energy in more than 30 countries worldwide. As the largest operator in Norway and international  leader in offshore operations and renewable energy, Equinor is shaping the future of energy.
Digitalization is transforming the way Equinor works to support their strategies and goals, which are to use data to improve safety; reduce development and operating costs; increase recovery and discovery; and reduce greenhouse emissions.
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Standardized Communication Structures in Detection Systems of Deutsche Bahn

The system DBMAS (DB-Meldeanlagensystem) is a new standardized solution for remotely controlling and monitoring alarm systems and further operationally relevant infrastructural facilities which has been called for tenders by DB AG in 2009. Facilities to be connected include amongst others hot box detection systems in the track area, wind sensor systems on bridges and dams, and safety devices of railway tunnels.
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With the industry-wide trend towards horizontal and vertical integration, intelligence is moving from the supervisory control systems to the local components. This development is leading to a growing need for communication for which the open OPC-UA standard provides an ideal solution because it can also be used for embedded devices. Softing’s embedded OPC-UA server gateway echocollect UA links the control world with the IT world and provides access to process, manufacturing and quality data in more than 50 different controller types.
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Chemical Manufacturing

Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company (SAFCO), a division of Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation’s (SABIC), produces, processes, manufactures, and markets the principal fertilizers found in local and international markets.
In August of 2012, a number of heavy industry locations in the Middle East suffered a serious cyber attack. As a result, many of the companies in the region disconnected their manufacturing and process plant networks from their corporate networks.
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Energy Monitoring

 For optimal energy management of municipal buildings, it is necessary to be as informed as possible via rapid-response energy monitoring systems to report consumption of water, electricity and heat. The region around the city of Aachen, Germany, together with their premises management and the IT service provider regio iT has therefore introduced e2watch, which is based on advanced data logging technology from Beckhoff.
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Food and Beverage

Weber Maschinenbau GmbH produces groundbreaking systems to process, refine and slice sausages, meat, cheese and other food: Slicer, Food Robotics, and Skinner. Weber is world market leader in the field of Slicer technology, Its customers are amongst others large meat companies, dairy factories and system catering businesses.
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Oil & Gas

The Texas reputation for size comes with some mighty metrics to back it up. As the largest oil producer in the Union, the state’s wellheads are spread over 268,000 square miles. If you are in the oil and gas industry, on-site management and monitoring of land-based wells can be a logistical challenge as well as a considerable expense. The state boasts nearly one working oil or gas well for every square mile, each requiring stringent monitoring and reporting by the Railroad Commission of Texas, the governmental regulatory agency that oversees the state’s oil and gas industry.
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Neste Jacobs is the Nordic region’s leading provider of technology, engineering and project services for the oil and gas, biorefining, petrochemicals and chemicals industries, including also the utilities and life science sectors. Prosys OPC Services has worked with Neste Jacobs to add the new OPC UA communication protocol to Advanced Process Control system and real-time process database (Case 1). Prosys has also provided an extension to Neste Jacobs’ NAPCON® Simulator – a training simulator system with hard control and alarm switches. Integration of the switches was based on OPC UA, which guarantees reliable communication and easy connectivity, as well as supports future expansions of the systems (Case 2).
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The need to share process data between production sites, refinery, petrochemical, gas and utility plants has been increasing for the past decade.These plants and production sites are typically located in the same area and have the need to exchange feed stocks, naphtha, ethane and utilities streams such as hydrogen, electricity, water, steam, and fuel gas, which created the requirement to exchange data between their metering and control systems.
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Water Treatment

Decentralized, independently acting embedded controllers can form an intelligent network for the control of potable water and waste water plants. OPC UA is the ideal technology to establish secure and standardized M2M interaction at these plants.
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