• Sustainable process control upgrade improves safety and productivity for chemical plant

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The Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP) works with technology partners who provide essential elements to our overall customer solutions.

Schneider Electric’s Collaborative Automation Partner Program (CAPP) works with Strategic Partners around the world who provide essential components to our overall customer solutions.

This collaboration was exemplified in a project delivered by Schneider Electric and Silver Strategic Partner Extreme Networks for a customer in the chemical industry.

The challenge

This Russian customer is considered to be one of the leading mineral fertilizer producers in the world and employs thousands of workers. Its production facilities, which produce ammonium nitration and complex mineral fertilizers such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK), were originally commissioned in 1965 and then modernized in the 1990s. In 2008, they again turned to Schneider Electric to modernize their plant’s control system. They wanted a sustainable solution that would improve safety and maximize productivity while also minimizing the plant’s impact on the environment.

The solution

The upgrade project involved the process control system for NPK production that included a continuous handling system. Because this project coincided with the economic recession in 2008, Schneider reworked its approach to make the costs more manageable for the customer while still maintaining a high-quality solution.

Schneider Electric used its Foxboro distributed control system (DCS), as well as its Triconex Trident safety system. To bring more value to the table, Schneider Electric partnered with Extreme Networks to incorporate their switches in the network infrastructure of the Foxboro DCS solution.

The benefits

This complete solution delivered on all the customer’s requirements: reliable production, increased safety, and improved product quality. Schneider Electric’s modernized control system, including the components from CAPP partner Extreme Networks, enabled the plant to significantly exceed its targets for ammonium nitrate phosphate fertilizer production in a safe and sustainable environment.

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