Below is a list of possible use cases a Main Control System may implement fully or partly.
The use case Device Identification forms the basis for the operation of the Compressed Air System and the operators plant asset management, e.g. Documentation Management, Energy Management and Maintenance Management. For this purpose, the Main Control System shall provide properties for asset identification.
In addition to nameplate information of the CASParts of a Compressed Air System, the operator / integrator requires properties to describe its functional role and installation place.
An operator / integrator should be able to explore the topology of the Compressed Air System. All browsable Components shall be identifiable. This includes non-communicating Components (e.g. Airnet, receiver) as well as assets capable of communication (e.g. compressor).
To improve commissioning respective recommissioning time, the operator / integrator requires support in configuration of the Compressed Air System. Configuration procedures due to replacement, upgrades, etc. should be supported by configuration templates and loading / storing of configuration settings.
For the integration of Compressed Air System Components in an operator's maintenance management application, the Main Control System should provide Compressed Air System specific maintenance properties.
To support asset monitoring, the Main Control System collects and analyzes operational and historical data (e.g. current values, deviations, performance, wear). Since plant operators require a generalized health status of plant assets, the Main Control System shall provide a generalized Compressed Air System health status, based on the NAMUR NE107 categories. Each Component should have a specific set of alarms and conditions assigned to it.
To integrate a Compressed Air System into the operator´s energy management, the Main Control System should provide energy-related information about the Compressed Air System and its installed CASParts, e.g. power consumption, flow, pressure, efficiency. The provided information is calculated or measured, representing current values, or aggregated in time (weekly, monthly etc.).
The operator should be able to trigger analyses of the Compressed Air Systems energy performance within the Main Control System.
An operator / integrator should be able to remotely activate / deactivate (via the Main Control System) the generation of compressed air. It should be possible to select from different operating modes for the Compressed Air System.
For the operators / integrators process monitoring, the Main Control System provides access to standardized state machine information, alarms, warnings, and events. The operator monitors the generation of compressed air by accessing operational data of the Compressed Air System via the Main Control System. The Main Control System shall provide actual values of e.g. pressure, flow, inlet / outlet temperature and power consumption. Actual values of other Compressed Air System CASParts (e.g. sensors) should also be offered. To analyze historical data of Compressed Air System operation within the Main Control System, an operator / integrator may browse archive data in the Main Control System.