Updated software improves cybersecurity

P&PC staff
May 28, 2018
By P&PC staff
The newest Metso Expertune PlantTriage version further improves process plant operational efficiency, reduces cybersecurity risks, and helps to improve profitability.
The newest Metso Expertune PlantTriage version further improves process plant operational efficiency, reduces cybersecurity risks, and helps to improve profitability.
May 28, 2018 – A new version of Metso's Expertune PlantTriage control loop monitoring software has been developed to further improve process plant operational efficiency, reduce cybersecurity risks and enhance profitability.

The updated version provides a clearer view of PID (Proportional-Integral-Derivative) tuning benefits via a new performance evaluation dashboard and a performance summary panel. These features show the effect new tuning parameters will have on valve duty, relative response time, robustness, and performance.

Additionally, the PlantTriage Level Wizard is an advanced tool that tunes level controllers for surge tanks. The purpose of surge tanks is to maintain a constant flow to the next stage of the process. Proper tuning guarantees maximum use of surge, while preventing the tank from emptying or overflowing. The Level Wizard helps to achieve a proper balance.

"Expertune PlantTriage is well-known for identifying the root causes of control system performance issues," senior product manager Steve Obermann said. "Version 18 offers interaction analysis with greater resolution. Two analysis tools, Process Interaction Map and Interaction Hot Spots, are used to find the underlying root cause of an upset or event. Our clients can now find both short-term and long-term interactions, ranging from one minute to as long as 14 days. These tools can pinpoint the root cause of a specific incident. This will help greatly in analyzing short duration or sporadic events."

The latest version also includes advances in cybersecurity. Users may now choose encryption on communications with PlantTriage servers. Other improve­ments make the browser interface more secure, robust, and less vulnerable to attack.

Expertune PlantTriage monitors plant control loops 24 hours a day, diagnosing issues, and prioritizing opportunities for improvement. It connects to any DCS that supports OPC connectivity and can also be integrated with a plant historian for access to process data. With PlantTriage monitoring hundreds or even thousands of control loops, plant personnel can focus on the recommended improvements to deliver more results in less time.

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries.

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