With its traditional SCADA monitoring system, Equinix Silicon Valley had excellent operating information about our plant. But alarms were confusing, new customer installs took too long, and management lacked meaningful operating data concerning energy and capacity. They converted our SCADA system to an OSIsoft PI system, and in doing this, automated management reporting, reduced time to install new customers and reduced time to respond to outages and alarms. What is new here is a set of tools that allow people to recognize important information quickly and at low cost- they don’t care how the information is collected. What is new here is that people asking each other questions are really identifying the information they need, and once they acquire the right information, they achieve big results.
Greg Dumas is Chief Technical Officer of DST Controls, which has automated and monitored continuous and discrete process plants for 30 years. Greg's background is information systems engineer; he has 25 years experience in interfacing real time systems to data bases at ROLM, IBM and Siemens. Greg has four patents and five publications. Greg graduated from NYU/Polytechnic Institute of New York.