BASF to Upgrade Production Controls at German Chemical Plant
As part of its five-year investment to boost capacity and operational excellence within its global plastics additives business, BASF awarded Emerson a multi-million dollar contract to modernize automation software and controllers at its specialty chemical production facility in Lampertheim, Germany.
BASF will implement Emerson’s hybrid automation solution, which replaces existing programmable logic controllers (PLCs) used to control 20 reactors, with Emerson’s DeltaV PK Controller. The hybrid technology integrates into BASF’s existing DeltaV automation system, which will reduce the cost, time and complexity of modernizing the automation system; minimize startup time for new production batches; and make switching production easier.
Emerson also will replace an obsolete system controlling the tank farm and distillation columns at the facility, which produces additives that improve characteristics for plastics and coatings. The expansion of the DeltaV distributed control system, which is already used to control other parts of the plant, will ensure continued efficient production. It also is expected to allow BASF to standardize its control architecture, helping to reduce integration complexity and operator training costs.
A key part of the project is to expand automation security protections. This advanced technology, developed with Emerson to address cybersecurity threats, has been applied at other BASF manufacturing plants. By modernizing its automation systems, BASF can take advantage of new capabilities embedded in Emerson’s automation systems that help fortify plant operations against cyber threats.
Emerson will also provide approximately 8,000 hours of on-site engineering services, a separate virtualized system to reduce hardware capital and operating costs and lifecycle support services.