Today, all well-run operations are utilizing the full capabilities of their control systems to achieve a fully integrated solution ensuring a safe, effective and efficient operation. A reliable solution starts with proper connectivity to all devices, so that operations can extract the value from all their industrial control systems and build a data-driven culture.
> Control System Design
Leveraging industry standards and best practices, Cogent provides design services for plant-wide automation & control systems to ensure high reliability and maintainability with minimal spare parts inventory. Cogent’s team of experts can select and implement the proper control strategy to improve quality control, better respond to changing input variables and reduce downtime.
> PLC System Configuration & Optimization
Cogent’s highly skilled team is experienced with a wide range of major PLC vendors. We offer technical services to design hardware, program, commission and optimize your control system equipment to meet the needs of your processes and business. Cogent can work with existing customer standards or utilize Cogent’s reusable templates to program systems that are easy to maintain and troubleshoot.
> HMI & SCADA Systems
Operator interfaces provide a very useful function for operator command and control. However, when upsets occur, operators need relevant information to guide them through these events. Leveraging best-in-class industry standards and our in-depth experience in Human Factors Engineering, Cogent offers HMI and SCADA solutions that allow operators to easily and intuitively understand and control their processes effectively. From small HMI implementations to large-scale SCADA systems, Cogent offers a multitude of solutions for human-machine interface design.
> Simulation Testing
To reduce the risks of onsite commissioning, Cogent offers testing services to demonstrate Factory Acceptance on Cogent developed or OEM developed PLC & HMI configurations/programming. This hands-on testing provides the OEM, operators & maintenance personnel with the opportunity to review and test elements and address defects prior to site commissioning.
> Change Control & Recovery
Cogent offers expertise in implementing change control and recovery programs for your control system. This will ensure that changes to the system are introduced in a controlled and coordinated manner and logic changes can be logged and communicated effectively. Change control can reduce the possibility of introducing faults into the system or unintentionally undoing other changes, allowing operations to improve safety and achieve minimal disruption to production.
> Device Integration & Network Communications
Cogent’s staff offer extensive experience in industrial IT/OT systems. We know how to connect to all the diverse communication protocols on the plant floor enabling device connectivity to maximize the value of data. Our device integration services provide connections to a broad range of systems within the operation and IIOT solutions including PLCs, BMS, RTUs, DCSs, intelligent devices and controllers. Cogent has experience with most of the industrial networks/buses including: Ethernet/IP, Modbus/TCP, DeviceNet, ControlNet, Profibus, Profinet, Modbus, BACNet and others.
> Monitoring Systems
Cogent offers tailored large scale infrastructure monitoring systems that centralize visibility of OT systems to improve response times to abnormal events and offer data-driven decision support that allows for more efficient dispatching of resources to problem areas down to the equipment level. Personnel are provided with quick access to information through a “single pane of glass,” allowing them to gain valuable insight into operational conditions and important issues. This enables timely work orders to be generated providing maintenance and reliability engineers with the information they need for planning maintenance activities.
> Alarm Management
Leveraging our in-depth experience with process equipment and our relationships with equipment suppliers, Cogent develops comprehensive alarm/events management strategies that properly prioritize and reduce nuisance alarming. Ensuring that only actionable alarms/events are delivered to operators ensures that abnormal situations are handled quickly and correctly.