Electrical, Control, Instrumentation Engineering and Consulting services

Project: Chrome Smelter Control System Upgrade

Client: Glencore

Project Requirements

The Client had a PCS 7 v7.1 control system running on the Windows XP and Windows Server 2002 Operating systems. These had been discontinued by the OEM and were no longer supported. This presented two risks:

  • there were no new security updates, and the system was therefore vulnerable to cyber attack
  • a PC hardware failure meant the PCs would be difficult to replace since new PCs did not support the old operating systems

The Windows OS upgrade also required a PCS 7 version upgrade. This increased the life of the control system, eliminated vulnerabilities and opened up the system to enhancements offered by the new version of PCS 7.