Fully integrated, safe and reliable control strategies and control system optimization are the key to ensuring peak performance and productivity. Today, all well-run operations are utilizing the full capabilities of their control systems to increase capacity and reduce cost. Cogent provides expertise in control system design and configuration, including implementing the right control strategy and industrial automation systems.
> 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.
> Safety System Design
Cogent’s expertise in safety system design can help operations meet industry standard functional safety requirements. Our team will work closely with stakeholders to ensure compliance to safety standards such as ISO 13849 and IEC 61508.
> Emergency Shutdown Systems
In the event of process upsets that are beyond operator control, automated systems are required to provide orderly shutdowns. Whether it is process safety, electrical safety or fire protection Cogent designs Emergency Shutdown Systems to reduce the potential risks to equipment and personnel.
> Alarm Rationalization
The safety of equipment and personnel is a philosophy that Cogent carries through to all systems within an operation. One of the keys to safety is a reliable alarm system. All too often operators are flooded with information during normal and abnormal situations. As part of our designs, Cogent works with the client to properly rationalize alarms ensuring operator effectiveness, confidence and safety.