Project Management


Successful automation projects take a special combination of tools, skills, and experience. A key to the strength of EZSofts’ ability to meet customer needs, specifically integration of manufacturing floor components into business systems is our proven set of automated methodologies developed specifically to assist in Project Management. These state-of-the-art tools allow us to divide complex projects into manageable phases, from initial assessment and planning to the ultimate rollout of the new systems and processes. These methodologies enable us to create a customized solution for a client, launch a project, and then closely monitor progress through completion. They provide an accurate, timely view of the entire life cycle of the project — a view that lets us work side by side with the client to ensure that business objectives are clearly understood, that the solution supports those objectives, and that the solution moves from concept to reality on time and within budget.

Our Project Management toolset also provides project stakeholders with web-based collaborative tools for initiating service requests and processing action items. The tool allows our clients and EZSoft team members to subscribe to the secure project book and receive email notifications of changes in the status of project task items. Additional tools are used for generating a project work breakdown structure and for tracking progress against project deliverables based on entries provided directly by the individual assigned to the task.

Project Management | Project Portfolio:
Project: Bakery Control System
S-88 Batch System consisting of 17 Units & 130 phases. Custom SCADA nodes as well as batch and SQL database servers. Developed with EZSoft’s Control Builder® tools.
Industry: Food – Baked Goods
Application: S88 Batching System
Overview:
This project demonstrates the full capabilities of the software suite EZSoft can provide. The development for this project relied heavily on ControlBuilder™ to automatically generate much of the code and documentation for this project. This system consisted of 6 cake mixers as well bulk ingredient storage. EZSoft’s Recipe Manager and Inventory Manager from ProductionSuite™ were included to allow the plant management to easily add and edit recipes as needed as well as track ingredient inventory throughout the plant.

The system consisted of over 350 devices controlled by a ControlLogix PLC using an S-88 compliant batch engine developed with Control Builder. The HMI consisted of an RSView application customized for each of 7 stations located throughout the manufacturing area. A batch and SQL database server was installed to allow the site to save and display all process data. Historical trending, batch reports and ingredient usage reports are all available in the RSView application as well as through remote web application. Test documents and design specifications were generated by Control Builder for a consistent, easy to follow layout.

Technologies Used:
EZSoft ProductionSuite™ including:
- Recipe Manager
- Inventory Manager
- Report Manager
EZSoft ControlSuite™ including:
- Batch Manager
- Phase Manager
- Device Manager
- Alarm Manager
• Microsoft SQL Server 2005 w/ Reporting Services for data storage and reporting.
• Rockwell Software RSSQL for data acquisition from the PLC.
• Rockwell Software RSViewSE for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition.
• Allen Bradley ControlLogix programmable logic controllers for real time control.