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Alexander Shcharansky and Boris Shcharansky of Continuous Control Solutions, a solution provider at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2013, on why it is best not to rely on black-box ...

Alexander Shcharansky and Boris Shcharansky of Continuous Control Solutions, a solution provider at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2013, on why it is best not to rely on black-box providers for turbo machinery control.
Interview with: Alexander Shcharansky, President, and Boris Shcharansky, VP - Sales, Continuous Control Solutions


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  • 1. I n t e r v i e w w i t h : A l e x a n d e r Shcharansky, President, and Boris S h c h a r a n s k y , V P - S a l e s , Continuous Control Solutions Plant operators and maintenance managers in the petrochemical and refining industry are beginning to understand that relying on black-box providers of turbo machinery control systems forces customers to become heavily reliant on a third-party automation contractor for such a critical area of process control, say Alexander Shcharansky, President, and Boris Shchar ansk y , VP - Sales, o f Continuous Control Solutions. Instead of relying on the black-box solution, customers now have the ability to achieve market-leading turbo machinery control solutions in their choice of PLC or DCS hardware. Continuous Control Solutions (CCS) is a solutions provider at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2013 in Austin, Texas, July 15-16. What should be a top priority for executives in this industry today? Alexander Shcharansky: They need to increase efficiency and decrease cost in the entire process, through automation. Also, they must make sure that the lifetime maintenance of their facilities and equipment are as low as possible, without compromising on efficiency. How could they achieve this? What obstacles do they face? Boris Shcharansky: Automation of turbo machinery began with what we call “black-box” controller s. Turbo machinery control companies created both proprietary hardware and software; each time the control system needs servicing, spare parts or repair, only the provider of the proprietary hardware could provide such services. Customers were forced to rely on a single provider, aside from overall plant automation systems such as DCS or SCADA, for turbo machinery control. With the development of ultra-fast scanning PLC and DCS systems today, this reliance on a third-party, “black- box” provider is coming to an end. Could you tell us more about the options that CCS provides? Boris Shcharansky: CCS engineers all previously came from black-box providers of turbo machinery control, meaning they have the unique experiences of knowing the ins and outs of black-box control systems. Since its inceptions, CCS has focused on creating what we call a “hardware- independent” turbo machinery control solution; instead of forcing a customer to rely on a proprietary controller, CCS instead has chosen to develop its patented algorithms into control applications available on any IEC61131- compliant hardware platform, which includes most PLC and DCS systems available on the market. Now, whatever PLC or DCS the customer prefers, CCS will integrate the turbo machinery control with that preferred hardware, integrating seamlessly with existing HMI and operating screens. Customers continue to receive hardware servicing and support from local suppliers of PLC or DCS hardware, such as Honeywell, Yokogawa or Allen Bradley. Does this also help extend the lifetime of assets? Alexander Shcharansk y: Some proprietary black box hardware providers phase out their hardware every ten years. This means facilities have to purchase new control systems, when Honeywell or Yokogawa, for example, still support and provide spare parts for 25-30 years after introducing a controller into the market. Black-box providers of turbo machinery control are simply too small to handle the lifetime servicing of their controllers. At the most, they will service systems up to ten years before declaring a hardware platform obsolete and forcing customers to upgrade to the latest, greatest and most expensive black-box platform. With a CCS solution on an open hardware platform, as long as the DCS or PLC supplier supports the installed hardware, there is no immediate need for upgrade or replacement due to obsoleteness of the hardware. This, by itself, will extend the lifetime of control hardware. More importantly, with a CCS solution, the turbo machinery control system can have common spares with the existing process control systems, lowering lifetime OPEX and CAPEX spending as a result. In short, the industry in general, and turbo machinery control in particular, are moving fast towards providing fully- integrated, plant-wide automation solutions without the need to rely on third-party, black-box providers of proprietary hardware and control systems. They must make sure that the lifetime maintenance of their facilities and equipment are as low as possible Exploring Alternatives to Black-Box Turbo Machinery Control
  • 2. The Energy Network - marcus evans Summits group delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional t r e n d s a n d b r e a k t h r o u g h innovations. Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. About the Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2013 This unique forum will take place at the Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas, July 15-16, 2013. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on Process Safety, Regulatory Climate Change, Future Outlook, Operational Excellence, and Developing Your Workforce. www.petrochemicalrefiningsummit.com Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.com About Continuous Control Solutions CONTINUOUS CONTROL SOLUTIONS (CCS) provides the next generation of control technology and solutions inclusive of design, implementation and commissioning of control systems for industrial TURBO MACHINERY control applications. CCS provides turbo machinery control solutions to the Oil and Gas, Chemical, Petrochemical, Metallurgy and Power Generation Industries worldwide. www.ccsia.com About marcus evans Summits marcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discuss strategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity to individually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, case studies, roundtables and one-on-one business meetings. For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.com Upcoming Events Distribution Technology & Innovation Summit - www.dti-summit.com Generation Summit - www.generationsummit.com Power Plant Management Summit - www.ppm-summit.com Transmission & Distribution Summit - www.t-dsummit.com To view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.petrochemicalrefiningsummit.com/AlexanderShcharanskyBorisShcharansky