Alcan Achieves Early Start Up with AMS

Alcan had a tight schedule to expand its bauxite to alumina mineral processing refinery from 2.2 to 3.8 million tons. Alcan’s challenge included balancing the capital cost, minimizing the number of construction personnel on-site, integrate the green-field and brown-field facilities without affecting current operating facilities whilst achieving project budget, schedule and quality.

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  • VENDOR
  • CUSTOMER
  • Alcan International, a Canadian world leading mining company and aluminium manufacturer.

  • SOLUTION
  • Alcan decided to expand using a Pre-Assembled Module (PAM) concept which enabled all modules to be built offsite in Thailand and Vietnam. By using Emerson's DeltaV and AMS Device Manager to pre-commission FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, Alcan significantly reduced man-hours and experienced cost savings. Software Components - DeltaV and AMS Device Manager

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1

    Remote Device Diagnostics - Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of a device.

    Impact #2

    Installation Efficiency - Technicians are able to query instruments remotely during commissioning to confirm device functionality.

    Impact #3

    Energy Efficiency - The amount of energy used in production processes can be lowered and made more efficient.

  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    The project was executed 10 months early.

    Benefit #2

    Termination costs reduced by 30%.

    Benefit #3

    The system reduced 30% engineering cost such as loop drawings.

  • HARDWARE
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Mining
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • ENABLED CAPABILITIES
  • Data Acquisition & Management
    Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • 6LoWPAN
    IPv6
    PROFIBUS
    Other frequency
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