This story was told by a controls engineer commissioning
a plant on site with SequenceMaster™.
“We had several process engineers, instrument techs, and support people on site, but I was the only controls engineer. We were in the startup and debug phases of (a complex blending and pasteurizing system) and had been trying sequences for several of the products to be run. There were numerous variations from the original functional description that would be required, as noted during the test runs.
“We were standing at one of the control system consoles reviewing the issues with the team. One of the process engineers was giving me items to change, such as order of steps, devices to activate, timing, conditions, and setpoints. As each issue was addressed, I entered the changes into SequenceMaster while the conversation continued around me.
“When we finished the discussion, the team around me, drawing on previous experience, asked me if they should go to the break room for coffee, head back to the site office, or pack up and travel home while I made the changes. They were shocked to the point of dropping their teeth when I said that we were ready to run again right now.
“We commissioned the operating software in about 2 weeks, a cycle I normally would have expected to take 5-6 months for a plant of this size and complexity.”