Grantek Project Named 2022 ICC Discover Gallery Finalist by Inductive Automation
September 20, 2022
Inductive Automation has named a Grantek project a 2022 Ignition Community Conference (ICC) Discover Gallery finalist. The Discover Gallery is a video showcase of the most exceptional real-world Ignition applications built by the members of the global Ignition community. The 2022 ICC Virtual Discover Gallery is the best place to see world-class real Ignition projects from many industries and countries. Grantek was also named a Discover Gallery finalist in 2020 and 2021.
National Resilience Inc. offers a broad mix of customized manufacturing and development capabilities to serve the needs of biopharmaceutical companies at all stages of the drug development process – from pre-clinical development to commercial supply. Resilience requested Grantek’s assistance to develop an Ignition SCADA to support new GMP manufacturing processes. This solution was needed to rapidly scale a brownfield contract pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, allowing Resilience to maximize their productivity and meet their commercialization goals. With Resilience focused on broadening access to complex medicines, this solution needed to come online as soon as possible.
By using a unified software solution like Ignition, Resilience also has access to data that can be leveraged in future projects at their other North American facilities. The solution Grantek delivered included over 5,800 tags and 390 alarms. The solution also logged over 4,600 tags in OSI PI Historian. 17 total devices were used in this solution, including Rockwell Automation, Siemens and Delta V – with all communications done via Kepware. Ignition provides a single point of reference for all of their OEM production equipment, no matter the supplier. A redundant, on-site, standard Ignition architecture was utilized, with the ability to publish to cloud gateway. A Microsoft SQL Server Cluster database was selected, including OSI PI in Redundant configuration. While PI is the historian, Ignition is the reporting tool chosen to present that historical data.
Doug Yerger oversaw this project for Grantek. Doug is a Principal Engineer at Grantek. Doug’s 30-plus years of experience includes the architecting, design, implementation, commissioning, and support of PLC Control Systems, Robotic Applications, Vision Applications, Database Applications, MES Implementations, Warehouse Management Systems, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Systems, and HMIs. Doug serves as a leader within the organization, providing governance, technical direction, and facilitating knowledge propagation, Doug also helps advance the manufacturing industry through his membership on HMI and SCADA standards committees (ISA 101 and 112 respectively) with the International Society of Automation (ISA). Doug has been driving Grantek’s adoption of new design tools, shortening and improving the design cycle.
For over 40 years, top manufacturers in Food & Beverage, CPG and Life Sciences/Pharmaceuticals have called upon Grantek to solve their most complex business and manufacturing challenges. Grantek automates Pharmaceutical and Food & Beverage manufacturing operations, including integration with business systems for seamless solutions. Grantek helps customers meet the stringent requirements and challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Grantek is a system integrator and solution provider with a specialization in Smart Manufacturing solutions, Manufacturing Automation solutions, Industrial IT/Cybersecurity solutions and Manufacturing Consulting services.