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The benefits of real time automation systems

AUSTRALIAN manufacturers have to regularly assess their automation systems to respond to changing business conditions as well as new regulatory requirements, such as the Federal Government’s new Energy Efficiency Opportunities (EEO) program.

To provide a snapshot of how companies are approaching these challenges, automation software company, Citect, held a special conference in August.

The Citect Connects User Conference included technical and business sessions as well as a number of case studies showing how global customers use CitectSCADA and Ampla to monitor and control their automation systems and optimise business operations.

“In developing our SCADA and manufacturing execution systems we have worked closely with customers,” said Christopher Crowe, CEO Citect.

“We design some of the software’s features in collaboration with them and we bring to them the real-life experiences of other customers, so they can understand the various ways the software can be used to benefit their businesses.”

The conference agenda included presentations from customers such as NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and Nestlé, as well as Citect distributor Beijer Automation and industry visionary Jim Pinto, founder of Action Instruments.

Nestlé’s presentation focused on how it used Schneider energy metering and CitectSCADA Reports to capture energy usage data in order to satisfy the Australian Federal Government’s EEO program.

The program encourages large energy-using businesses to improve their energy efficiency. Corporations using more than 0.5 petajoules (PJ) of energy per year are required to identify, evaluate and report publicly on cost-effective, energy saving opportunities.

Having an accurate and reliable measuring and monitoring system in place is essential in forming the basis of any such energy efficiency program.


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