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Integration of Automation Systems


Integrate automation systems is a service that many companies claim to do, but few do as Spin, that in over 20 years developed its own methodology, with supporting tools, to implement systems. This methodology is subdivided into ten phases:

  1. Functional specification of the system to be integrated, which corresponds to the engineering services required for the field data collection and functional definition of the system along with customer technicians. The duration of this activity depends on the system size and customer culture.
  2. Parameterization of the IEDs and SCADA software, which is the generation of real-time database, screens and programming of IEDs. The duration of this activity is defined by the number of tags, screens, reports and IEDs to be parameterized. It may last from one week to two/three months.
  3. System testing in a lab environment, which is the implementation of initial tests aimed to internally verify the system and its communication compatibility with various connected devices. At this time, simulators fileds may be used or even some IEDs to be used in the final solution.
  4. System test in factory environment, which aims to validate designs of electrical panels assembled to meet the system and validate with the client the system developed. When all the boxes that make up the system are mounted and parameterized, Spin technicians go to the factory environment and test all points, with no connection to the field. Depending on the supply, these tests can be done in batches.
  5. Commissioning of the system in the field, aiming to validate with the client the operation of the system in real operation environment, acting directly on the field devices. The duration of commissioning depend primarily on the quality of the test plant, i.e., if the panel was tested correctly. In the case of post-test errors, it is very unlikely to be due to the commissioning process, making a high probability that they are relative errors on wiring or equipment.
  6. System review, approximately thirty days after the entry into operation, when an adjustment is made based on functions requested by the operation after the effective use of the system. The review is an adaptation of the user system and the activity may not be required if, for example, the client has already a sedimented culture, i.e., the system is equal to those already in operation.
  7. Operation and maintenance training to teach customer technicians to set system parameters. The operation technicians are instructed to use the system as supervisory control tool.
  8. Assisted operation, which is an optional activity, usually used in the implementation of larger systems, such as a control center. This activity, when requested, lasts from a week to ninety days.
  9. Documentation of supply as built, which is the provision of operating manuals and maintenance (troubleshooting).
  10. Warranty, which goes from ninety days to two years. During this period, Spin support management should meet customer calls to answer questions and resolve disputes and/or errors.

Spin has already integrated hundreds of automation systems in the areas of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, sanitation, telecommunications and building automation. Some systems implemented operation manuals are attached to this page for more examples.

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