Leading Australian Dairy Manufacturer Chooses ATS Global for Automation Audit at its 7 Dairy Plants

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Purpose

  • Understand operational risks associated with obsolete/unmaintained PLC equipment
  • Prioritize capital and operational expenditure spend in-lines with quantified risk assessment for medium to long term
  • Identify and consolidate spares across the country
Purpose

Project Scope

  • Site audit of all PLC hardware including small package plants
  • Spare parts count at each site and review of firmware
  • Identification of any hidden stores of parts
  • Review of code for maintainability
  • Assess if clients’ software, tools, cables and knowledge are available and capable to maintain PLC equipment
Project scope

Solution Approach

  • Facilitate site audits and introduce program review at all sites
  • Create a master record of all PLC assets –country wide
  • Defined criteria and rank each PLC against the criteria
  • Understand impact of failure to unit / process and plant
  • Seek OEM migration plans for obsolete equipment
  • Risk assessment based upon above criteria for all assets
Solution Approach

The Results

  • Clearly defined Business Continuity Plan (BCP) for automation equipment
  • Better management of spare parts across all sites. (no more hidden inventories)
  • Better visibility of all PLC assets including those on packaged equipment across all sites
  • Enabled planned maintenance/ replacement of medium / long term PLC replacements
Results

Systems, Tools & Services Expertise

  • Automation auditing and consulting
Tools

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