Plug and Play monitoring and control architecture for optimization of large scale production processes




EU IST Project:

  • ABB AG (Germany)
  • University Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
  • Université Henri Poincaré Nancy (France)
  • Aalto University (Finland)
  • Predict SAS (France)
  • Stora Enso Oyj (Finland)
  • ABB Oy (Finland)



Begin: 2010-09-01

End: 2013-02-28



The first objective of the project is plant-wide application of asset management. It lifts the focus from single-component diagnostics to a plant-wide view of both asset performance and asset condition. Secondly, because diagnostics need to result in actions, diagnostic information (asset information) is used to generate control actions. Control refers to all levels of the automation pyramid, i.e. production control, plant maintenance, as well as field level control. A third and necessary objective is to achieve and maintain this in a modular and efficient way. The starting point for plant-wide diagnosis is the collection, harmonisation and aggregation of the available component diagnoses in order to be able to realise a plant-wide approach. One essential aspect in this work is the integration of both condition information and performance assessment. A decision support system will also be developed that maps plant information, together with constraints and requirements, in order to generate and propose plant actions that satisfy production and other requirements.

Implementation of these concepts can only be done using modern software architecture in accordance with available standards (modeling, interfaces). One important basic principle will be the ease of use. Large-scale applications require simple, standardized solutions for sustainable operation. The project fits in well with the ICT call because a modern production plant is a highly complex and inter-connected entity. The concepts developed in the project will, in a straightforward manner, be applicable to other industries, and also to the site level once the plant level solution is in place. The second important point is that the project extends diagnostics from a purely passive to an active approach controlling the entire plant. Control in this instance refers to much more than the classical automatic control of field devices, and includes the operation and maintenance of the plant itself.

Project official site can be found here



Sirkka-Liisa Jämsä-Jounela (Project leader)
Jerri Kämpe-Hellenius
Vesa-Matti Tikkala
Alexey Zakharov


             This info last modified 2011-06-21 by Jukka Kortela