Before using Ignition, Enerchem’s Slave Lake fractionation plant was using an outmoded HMI system that required a lot of attention from the personnel. “With previous HMIs we’ve used in the past, we had to have two to three operators on each panel to be able to control it,” says Kevin Bouchard, director of plants and terminals for Enerchem.
“The existing system that was in place had a lot of flaws,” says Kyle Chase, CEO of Kymera Systems. With over 25 years of combined experience, Kymera Systems is a Canada-based systems integrator that primarily serves the oil and gas industries of Western Canada, and also works in the water, waste water, manufacturing, and asphalt industries in Alberta. “It was reporting using a different vendor’s package, it was exporting to a very primitive database, and all the reports were made up in Excel. It wasn’t very manageable or accessible,” says Chase.
With just over 30,000 tags, the fractionation plant was in need of an HMI/SCADA system that could allow them to manage the entire facility with precise controls and with a far higher level of efficiency.