We designed a new hydrogravity plastics reclaiming facility which
is unlike any other facility in the world. We developed Piping
and Instrumentation diagrams ourselves using our own attributed
block symbols library. We had to go through many iterations for
these drawings as budget constraints dictated replacing expensive
equipment with less cost prohibitive equipment. As the project
progressed, we needed equipment list and instrument indexes in
order to make sure that we would be ordering all the equipment
K Data, Inc. worked very closely with us giving us everything
we asked for. We simply sent them our P&ID’s and they
registered our blocks and ran the reports for us, returning them
the next day. They even automatically updated our drawings based
on excel spreadsheets that we had edited. We were able to easily
add any fields to our instrument and equipment indexes. We even
kept track of our planned flow rates, levels, set points and alarms.
When the construction phase of the project approached and we needed
to estimate installation costs, K Data, Inc. ran reports for all
of our manual valves including sizes and types.
K Data, Inc. used their Instrument Datasheets module to specify
all of our required instrumentation. While this module saved some
time directly, it also entered manufacturers and model numbers
in the instrument index so that even though we were going through
constant changes, our instrument index always had the correct
information. K Data, Inc. worked very diligently to get the cost
of instruments down so that they would fit into our original budget.
With their help we re-designed some parts of our process so that
less expensive instruments could be used. They also worked closely
with vendors to get their “best price” quotes as well
as replacing more expensive parts with less expensive parts that
were either equivalent or we could adapt field conditions to meet
the instrument requirements.
Although we were contractually obligated to use another engineering
company for cable scheduling for major equipment, K Data’s
Cable Scheduler module allowed us to wait until the last possible
moment before scheduling circuits for the instruments. Using this
module, we actually attached most of our wires to terminals in
our PLC I/O boxes and at the instruments. Once the cables were
scheduled, we used the Instrument Loop Diagram generator to populate
templates with circuit numbers, wire numbers, instrument tags,
I/O points, manufacturers, model numbers, set points, calibration
ranges, etc… K Data, Inc. also ran another program to generate
our PLC I/O panel interconnection diagrams which the electrical
contractor used to wire all instruments.
We also contracted K Data, Inc. to specify our PLC and HMI computers
as well as program both. The HMI screens are very easy to learn
to navigate and operate. Except for some loop tuning which we
expected to do during startup anyway, all instruments and control
schemes worked exactly as our functional description called for.
Everyone here is impressed with the way that K Data has been able
to pull everything together in such a short amount of time.