About the Client

The Jotun Group provide a range of world leading decorative paints and performance coatings divided into four main market segments, Decorative, Marine, Protective and Powder coatings.

The Groups products protect some of the worlds most prestigious buildings, from San Francisco’s, Golden Gate Bridge to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The companies Scunthorpe based facility is responsible for supplying paint used as a protective coating for the Channel Tunnel and the Queen Mary II cruise ship.

Project Scope

Jotun’s Scunthorpe based facility had identified that the site’s current raw materials storage facility required an upgrade. This would enable the site to increase the quantity of raw materials held on site and improve material availability to the plant. The expansion required the sites automation systems to be redeveloped to enable the new larger material tanks to be sequenced effectively into the wider production facility.

Opensoft Systems Ltd was chosen as the contractor to upgrade the existing control system necessary to enable the production facilities automation systems to accommodate a planned upgrade.

Following meetings with Jotuns Engineering Team and System Design Team, a Functional Design Specification (FDS) was first developed which was a vital step in being able to capture all the plants required system functionality. 

Once aligned with the needs of the business, Opensoft implemented the changes to the plants existing production batch sequences to enable raw materials to be sent through a greater variety of alternative routes. This involved adding new tanks, pump sequences and flow switches to ensure the safer flow of materials with the ability to enable raw materials to be integrated with the new tank farm.
Opensoft's scope involved not only graphical changes to the sites iFIX SCADA system but code changes to the GE range of programmable logic controllers on site at the same time.

At the same time, Opensoft had the opportunity during the project, to enhance the systems existing control logic which site personnel had reported, appeared to be overly complicated for their needs. This was optimised prior to integration of the new code routines, making the program more efficient and faster in response.


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