The efficient operation of a plant depends on having proper plant-wide systems integration. From balance of plant (e.g. Water, Air, Gas, Electric & Steam – WAGES) through to the vendor supplied equipment & process flows, operational excellence depends on all systems being properly integrated. Our goal at Cogent is to work closely with clients during the definition and design phases of a project to “knock down silos” and to provide a fully integrated operation with complete visibility into the system performance.
> Process Areas
Far too often process equipment is viewed within a “silo” during the procurement phase without proper attention being paid to the WAGES requirements or how it integrates with upstream and downstream elements (i.e. Electrically, mechanically, pneumatically, hydraulically etc.). Working closely with Cogent engineers during the definition and design phases of a project, ensures that battery limits are well defined and gaps are addressed prior to delivery of equipment and potentially high cost commissioning phase retrofits.
> Balance of Plant (BOP)
Often over looked, the BOP systems provide the core infrastructure to supply the necessary resources (i.e. WAGES) and operational insight (i.e. Cameras, Fire Alarming, Power Systems Monitoring) into the entire operations. Through Cogent’s experience and expertise, clients benefit from knowing that all systems are properly integrated within the core infrastructure and that any gaps are addressed prior to startup.
> Safety Systems
Industrial plants require a comprehensive safety analysis & categorization to determine the likelihood and severity of potential hazardous events. Implementation and proper plant wide integration of safety systems is critical to operations. From E-stop zone management, functional safety systems to notification and visibility, a holistic implementation plan needs to be part of a modern plant. These systems need to be properly specified and integrated to ensure equipment and personnel are protected and that systems work reliably and take automated action when required. Cogent offers extensive design experience, integrating systems to ensure clients receive a safe and reliable solution throughout their plant.
> Plant Application Integration
Cogent’s services and solutions offer expertise in integration between applications using industry standard practices and tools (i.e. Web Services, APIs, databases etc.). Connecting real-time data with ERP & Maintenance Management System components opens up new opportunities for facilities to extract more benefits from their IT asset investments and drives greater operational performance.