With annual sales of US$7 billion and 22,000 employees at more than 200 sites around the world, DSM is a highly integrated group of companies active worldwide in life science products, performance materials, polymers and industrial chemicals. DSM's strategic objective is to join the ranks of the world's leading specialty companies by 2005 by achieving high added value, strong growth and more stable profit levels.
"We faced consistency problems between our batches," said Piet Deen, Process Control Engineer at DSM Resins in the Netherlands. "We purchased AspenTech's InfoPlus.21 including Batch.21 to archive our batch data. We also wanted the new software to help us conduct e-Business. Since the content of our raw material storage tanks is the responsibility of the raw material supplier, we had to transfer level measurements from the DCS to SAP via i-doc. So the raw material supplier received a message in their SAP system with the actual and forecast production amounts. SAP now takes care of the order, delivery and payment process. This automation reduces the human interface by eliminating all paperwork, such as billing."
Piet Deen of DSM
To transfer data from the RS3 to InfoPlus.21, DSM used Matrikon's OPC Server for Fisher-Rosemount RS3 RNI, reading from 2200 points and writing to approximately 20 points once every minute. "We started to transfer all relevant values from the RS3 to InfoPlus.21," said Deen. "That means all Analog inputs, Digital inputs, Control (SP,RSP,Output) and digital si