April 15, 2019

X-Change 2019: Gala Award Winners

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After three days of insights, X-Change 2019 concluded with the glamorous X-Change Gala Awards on Tuesday evening announcing the winners across multiple categories and industries.

And the winners are...

Best Presenter: Pleasure Mnisi, Exxaro

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Best Flow Software Innovation: Exxaro Grootegeluk

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The Flow Software annual award is presented to the End-User (and System Integrator where applicable) for a project or initiative that makes use of the Flow Information Platform for one or more of the following:

 

  1. Making use of Flow in a unique way to solve a problem or provide actionable information to decision makers
  2. Making use of dashboard visualisation best-practices while maintaining a clear and attractive interface to decision makers
  3. Providing constructive feedback to the Flow Software team for new features and improvements to the product, allowing us to build a better product that serves all of our customers

The Exxaro Grootegeluk team are using the Flow Information Platform as part of their Digital Transformation initiative, specifically in the area of Operational Decision Support. The team have used Flow to enable focused communication with a commitment to targets, thus facilitating a culture change in their production environment. Presentation of the KPIs collated and calculated in the Flow Information Platform has provided valuable Decision Support and Monitoring capability during their production ramp up over the last 3 years.

Matholane Mabula, Production Foreman, says, “Flow helps me to see the bottleneck of the whole value chain from mining to stockyard and also to engage immediately with different stakeholders to address any issues immediately. Flow helps me to share information immediately with my team to make them aware of the current performance of the plant, not waiting for the next day to measure our actual performance versus plan.” Phethani Ravele, Plant Superintendent, says, “The Flow reports are well-integrated dashboards showing the plant’s health (KPIs and KPDs) from ROM to stockpiles.  The reports gives me near-live plant status, enabling me to foresee process disturbances before they occur. One doesn’t have to wait for morning meetings to make decisions – these now happen from hour to hour.”

Exxaro have been a long-term customer of the Flow Information Platform. Over the years of using Flow, the Exxaro team have provided valuable feedback on many occasions to help Flow Software improve the product. We are grateful that Flow is adding value to their business and that they continue to push us in making it a better platform for all.

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Collaboration Award: Advansys, Iritron, and CSI

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This award is to celebrate the spirit of collaboration. In 2018 Exxaro started a program to upgrade their automation standards and they asked three System Integrators to work together. Advansys, CSI and Iritron worked together to assess the current standards and recommend the areas that require enhancements.

 

 

Best Planning & Scheduling Implementation: Astron Energy

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As part of a divestment process from Chevron to Astron Energy, a Spiral Enterprise Crude Knowledge Management solution was deployed across locations related to Astron Energy’s Cape Town Refinery, on a timely manner before day 1. Deployment included software installation, training, data migration and a transparent migration to the new solution without any disruption to support operations. New processes are now implemented in short time and ECKM has made the site more agile for crudes and other feedstock evaluation across the business.

 

 

Best Operations Implementation: Namibia Breweries

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As part of their continuous improvement plan of saving energy and thus driving reduced production cost NBL needed a system to accurately collect and store critical information. With the Information made available in our Process Historian, NBL could then go through a optimisation process with each department.

 

 

Best Control & Information Implementation: Transnet

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With a mandate from the customer to not only upgrade their system but to do it with no downtime was a huge ask. However with System Platform this was easily achieved, and brought added benefits like standardisation across the organisation.

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Digital Transformation Strategy: Norilsk Nickel

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Norlisk Nickel used their Technology Breakthrough program to digitize and automate their manufacturing processes, where Wonderware was at the heart of this program, thus creating a safe and efficient work environment.

 

 

Best Business Value: Hidro-Tech

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With Hidro-Techs requirement of having transparency to their customers they needed a system which could accurately perform the necessary test on their equipment and deliver a report. InTouch Edge HMI was able to do this effectively, and formed as a template for future customers.

 

 

Most Current Certification: CSS – Total Engineering Solutions

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Top System Integrator, 2nd Runner Up: Business Connexions

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Top System Integrator, Runner Up: Advansys

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Top System Integrator, Winner: Control Systems Integration

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