Digital is not enough

Aucotec facilitates digitization and migration of legacy data for future-oriented and more intelligent engineering

From paper to Industry 4.0: real digitizing of engineering needs a referencing data model that goes far beyond PDFs & other documents. Aucotec marks this highest digitization level with its platform EB  (© AUCOTEC AG)
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Aucotec AG, the engineering software specialist for more than 30 years, has further developed its intelligent migration solution for the legacy data of historically developed plants. In this way, the company wants to facilitate the transition to the digital future of documentation for plant operators and EPCs. In these times of Industry 4.0, maintenance and revamping can benefit significantly. Initial experience with the further developed solution confirms the acceleration of such projects.

Legacy data is configured, mapped and imported in common formats such as XLS or DWG by the collaborative platform Engineering Base (EB). Thus the system consolidates all information about a particular object from different disciplines into a central object model – together with related attributes and representations in various documents. All imported objects, from the pump in the P&ID to the final terminal in the cabinet diagram, then form an overall plant model with intelligent links. It is consistently and clearly stored in the database that can be used by all engineering disciplines involved.

Much more than PDFs & other documents

This is the only way to implement "real" digitization. Although PDFs, DWG graphics, and scans are digital documents, they are sheet-oriented and do not have a referencing data model. Their content thus cannot be used in the IoT sense. A navigation system, for example, cannot do anything with a simple digital street map because it can extract neither one-way streets nor traffic congestion information and the like. PDFs & other documents equally impede plant engineers: the objects in documents cannot be independently accessed and edited. Thus far, it has been necessary to take a detour via the diagrams, lists and databases of the individual disciplines. In this way, change management always remains a bottleneck prior to more efficiency. EB, on the other hand, contains a common, corresponding data model for everyone involved, which keeps each individual piece of information consistent and available at all times. It can also be accessed online and from the Cloud due to EB's three-layer architecture.

Fit for Industry 4.0

This means that plant operators, who now usually have to manage their documentation in many different, inconsistent sources, will be fit for modern and future-oriented maintenance. After model-based digitization, revampings and expansions in particular can be performed far quicker and more consistently with significantly less effort. Downtimes are significantly reduced.

A leading and globally acting chemical plant operator has already successfully deployed the migration solution. The company successfully transferred for one of its plants around 700 P&IDs and several thousand electrical graphics to EB. For revamping projects, the EPC responsible can now work directly on the engineering data, consistently and without a time-consuming back-and-forth process.
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