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          Rio Tinto Alcan Grande Baie (Canada)

           Modicon Advance Program reduced upgrade time by 16 hours
          Modicon Advance Program reduced upgrade time by 16 hours

           

          I. CUSTOMER ENVIRONMENT / PROJECT CONTEXT

           

          Customer profile:

          Rio Tinto Alcan's Grande Baie, the QC primary aluminium production facility, recently migrated from the Modicon 800 series to Quantum PLCs, through Schneider Electric's  Modicon Advance Programme (MAP).
           

          Customer objective and constraints:

          Upgrade the legacy automation system (migrate from the Modicon 800 series to Quantum PLCs) with minimal downtime.

           

          II. SOLUTION IMPLEMENTATION

           

          Implementation methodology (main phases):

          • migrate from the Modicon 800 series to Quantum PLCs, through Schneider Electric's  Modicon Advance Programme (MAP), implemented by Schneider Canada Services & Projects.
          • This five-step process entails replacing the 800 series rack with a swing arm backplate assembly and Quick-Fit cables.

           

           

          Solution overview (services, products, systems, architectures...):

          •  migrated from the Modicon 800 series to Quantum PLCs, through Schneider Electric's  Modicon Advance Programme (MAP). 
          • migration implemented by Schneider Canada Services & Projects.
          • replace the 800 series rack with a swing arm backplate assembly and Quick-Fit cables.

           

           

          III. RESULTS / ACHIEVEMENT

           

          Customer benefits:

          "The MAP programme instructions were very easy to follow" says M. Gervais Gauthier, Electrical/ Instrumentation Technician, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metals, Grande Baie Plant.  "The swing arm assembly and quick fit cables reduced upgrade time by almost 16 hours.  This is a significant savings in time for these types of upgrades."  M. Gauthier also appreciates the fact that this migration did not cause a loss in production.  "This system is a fast and efficient way to migrate the 800 Series to the Quantum platform", he concludes.

           

          Customer testimonies (Verbatim):

          "The MAP programme instructions were very easy to follow" says M. Gervais Gauthier, Electrical/ Instrumentation Technician, Rio Tinto Alcan Primary Metals, Grande Baie Plant.  "The swing arm assembly and quick fit cables reduced upgrade time by almost 16 hours.  This is a significant savings in time for these types of upgrades."  M. Gauthier also appreciates the fact that this migration did not cause a loss in production.  "This system is a fast and efficient way to migrate the 800 Series to the Quantum platform", he concludes.

           
           
           
           

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