Case Study – SCADA

Case Study – SCADA Hanson Kirton Tunnel Kiln Upgrade 2012

 

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The existing Hanson Kirton Tunnel Kiln system had become obselete, unreliable and labour intensive. Control and Safety Eng were asked by Hanson to design a fully upgraded and automated system.

The system was implemented with Siemans S7 PLC and WinCC SCADA.

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A Siemans S7 rack replaced existing, individual temperature controllers.

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All fans such as those within the main chimney stack were manually started on a hard-wired system. A new industrial PC was implemented with WinCC SCADA.

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The screen above shows computer control of all fans and their speed settings.

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The Kiln holds 23 cars each consisting of approximately 26,000 bricks. Before the new system was implemented the kiln operators had to track the cars manually with pen and paper.

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The new system shows PC control of temperatures and a new automated car tracker. All of the firing temperatures are now controlled from PLC, including the alarms.

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Tempertatures within the kiln reach 1,040 degrees C. They are sensed by “N-type” thermocouples.

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Historical trending of temperatures and pressures are now recorded in the system database.

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The main gas supply circuit was originally controlled manually and is now controlled by computer as shown in the picture below.

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Due to how critical the system is, it was thought too risky to rely solely on one PC. The decision was therefore to include a backup HMI.

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This HMI allows the kiln to still run fully in the event that the SCADA system should fail.

In addition, a Profibus DP node with remote analogue I/O was installed to control the dryer burners. An automated system was developed to give a “time clock” facility for when the burners should operate.

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