2010 - Users Conference - San Francisco
Mining PI System Data to Improve Profit
Boise Inc. is a major paper manufacturer and long term PI user. Recently they implemented Envoy Development’s Cluster Analysis Tool. This presentation will focus on how they used this data mining tool to save $1.5 million in chemical costs at one site alone. They will also show how the application identified a mechanical issue on a vacuum pump that was responsible for a large increase in sheet breaks.
This application mines data from PI on a scheduled basis to identify what variables impact Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), using a unique patented approach and displayed on a KPI dashboard. The dashboard display can either be a web page that is generated at run time or a ProcessBook page with manually created links. Unlike other KPI dashboards, the focus is not on showing the KPI’s value in real time, but rather on identifying the variables that caused it to change, sometimes very subtlety.
Tom Fairhurst is the IT Technical Services Superintendent at Boise, Inc. International Falls, MN. Tom has been an employee of the International Falls mill for 32 years beginning in 1978, and has held a number of positions within both the Technical and IT organizations over the years. He currently manages a group of ten IT and Process Control engineers.
Envoy Development, LLC
An early PI customer, John Antanies founded Envoy Development in 2003 to help customers maximize the return they get out of their PI infrastructure.