Novotek have delivered HMI/SCADA solutions based on iFIX to F&B facilities in all our countries and since the 90’s.
Control and monitoring systems for the Food and Beverage industry has its special challenges due to the more and more regulated environment it sits in. Since the late 80’s Novotek has delivered a solution in this space, and that has to do with the powerful flexibility of the Proficy HMI/SCADA iFIX that we base our solutions on. Now after almost 30 years we are still delivering state of the art HMI/SCADA systems with a modern look and feel - and with the latest findings in HMI design and Alarm configuration.
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The user environment in Proficy iFix have almost infinite possibilities. It can of course be used in a thick client (iClient) and thin client (iClient TS) mode on a PC, but also have all the new possibilities of web clients on any browser (Webspace) as well as apps for Apple and Android (Proficy SCADA). The latest add on is the possibility to use an asset and KPI view of the installed equipment to browse through the assets which results in an even faster user experience (Proficy Mobile). In order to enable a quick implementation a full picture and object structure are delivered where things like multiple screens as well as face plates for all common object, such as pumps, valves, regulators and fans, are ready to go. But still one of the most important features is the possibility to do changes on the fly in all parts of the installation, without any need to go off line. Proficy iFIX also have all the necessary possibilities for redundancy.
Over time the Food industry have gotten more and more rules and regulations and the requirements are closing in on the demands in the Pharma industry. These requirements are iFIX well equipped to handle due to its extensive Audit Trail functionality that secure that whatever change, input or value can be logged, documented and identified. This can be done on all levels in the system, from individual information tags to complete clients. Also to improve and make the use eaiser Ge have added a functionality for Workflow management where arbitrary workflows can be designed to be triggered by any type of event and make documentation of any flow of events easy with full traceability.
Our solutions are based on Proficy iFix which is one of the most common SCADA systems in the Food and Beverage segment. One of the most important features in such a system is the ability to communicate with a whole range of equipment and systems, we have literally thousands of drivers in our catalogues. This includes of course all common manufacturers of equipment, but also a major range of drivers for older equipment that still runs in many parts of the Food industry. In addition to this we have the ability to connect to lab sample systems etc.
The Proficy iFIX have one of the best and most advanced alarm systems in the SCADA world where alarms are gathered, stored and presented all with time stamps and audit possibilities. Alarms can be grouped, prioritized, shelved and forwarded to any type of devices. Novotek have modules for advanced alarm management via email, SMS, phone, web and smart phone apps. You are also able to acknowledge alarms and even control the facility, all in the principle of Real-time operations management where each user shall be able to work on what platform they like, all the time. Novotek also have modules for analytics and reporting on alarms for better and faster alarm management.
Another important part of a HMI/SCADA solution is the historical data storage and trending. The Proficy family have a full range of features for this and if you have a limited need there are all the functions you need in Proficy iFIX for logging flows, levels, pressures, temperatures and energy. But if you need more and maybe have a large installation there is the Proficy Historian which is capable to take care of any number of signals. In both cases is the storage and collection of data extremely efficient and fast as well as secured for data manipulation and corruption as well as with the possibility to have Audit Trail. Once it is stored is it easy to integrate it back into the HMI solutions as trends or tables based on raw data, min or max or any of the other 6 ways of retrieving data from the storage. Novotek have one of the best trending tools for advanced users and also functions for replaying any sequence of events all based of the stored data.
Reporting is also a critical function in any HMI/SCADA system in the F&B environment. Novotek have delivered reporting in many ways over the years but lately we have standardized on Microsoft Reporting Services. There are many alternatives how to present the data and we have a portal if you want to integrate the reports in your solution, but you can also retrieve the data and transfer it to your preferred data analysis tool like Qlikview or Excel - all depending on your preference.
All companies have the need for other systems such as maintenance system, lab systems, building management systems, CCTV etc. All these type of systems can be integrated into the HMI/SCADA system for easier access or for initiation of activities in the other systems. This is possible since Proficy iFIX’s have an extensive set of integration and embedding functions that allows seamless integration with other systems.
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