Operational Technology

High-performing Operational Technology That Never Lets You Down.

Your Operational Technology (OT) is essential to supporting critical business operations 24*7*365. We provide peace of mind for OT system design and implementation.

Casne Engineering has a special appreciation for the technology that runs real-world operations, also known as Operational Technology (or OT). Modern operations require highly customized solutions that address a variety of unique needs, including:

  • Real-time visibility across disparate physical equipment and proprietary systems
  • Ability to detect and manage abnormal and unsafe conditions
  • Seamless integration with work management and maintenance functions
  • Ability to collect, organize, and analyze streaming sensor data
  • Reliable data exchange with expert systems and advanced analytics, such as machine learning, both on-premise and in the cloud
  • Sustainable cooperation with enterprise IT mission and priorities
  • Ability to operate, maintain, and manage without disrupting critical operations or business functions

The unrelenting pressure to accelerate production, expand operations, and prevent downtime presents real challenges that demand specific technology expertise and industry awareness. We believe that your OT investments should deliver a consistent, reliable, and safe operation despite these pressures. Casne Engineering is a partner who understands the issues.

From designing and implementing off-the-shelf solutions to developing new and innovative approaches to unique challenges, no project is too challenging for our team.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Instrumentation and control system design
  • Operational Technology planning, design, and implementation
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Data historians and time series database solutions
  • Industrial control system (ICS) integration
  • Distributed control systems (DCS) design and integration
  • Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) systems and telematics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) system design and programming
  • Industrial networks and device-level communications
  • Embedded system design and development
  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Edge and cloud analytics

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Operations Data Management

Unlock the Full Potential of Operations Data

Plant operators and managers make decisions every day that affect your operational performance. They rely on reliable, timely, and actionable information from your equipment in order to make informed operational decisions. We believe that data historians are a critical component in collecting, organizing, and analyzing vast quantities of operational data that spans multiple vendor systems and equipment manufacturers. Having a single data platform that is optimized for operational data is key to your operational success.

Our extensive experience designing, implementing, and supporting data historian solutions will help you achieve enterprise-wide visibility into your operation, develop greater process optimization and equipment performance capability, employ advanced maintenance strategies, capture institutional knowledge, and more. Whether you need data to be stored on-premise, in the cloud, or a hybrid, we can help guide your technology choices in order to achieve greater operational agility and success while developing sustainable long-term solutions.

We can help you to improve operational awareness and decision making, drive positive changes in behavior, and meet your compliance requirements using data historian solutions.

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Streaming Analytics

Do More with Data

Your operational data streams hold the potential to transform your production and processes. It’s why Casne Engineering specializes in streaming analytics, which continuously gather and analyze near-real-time information that flows from sensors and process equipment, measuring the vital signs of operating machinery and production systems. Streaming analytics can range from simple comparisons and conditional logic to the latest in machine learning technology. It is with these tools that we can identify new opportunities for operational improvements and cost reduction. These same tools and techniques can also help your operation move beyond break-fix and into proactive, non-invasive downtime prevention.

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IoT and Edge Computing

Low Cost Distributed Sensor Networks

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has opened up new ways to collect, analyze, and communicate sensor data for widely distributed fixed and mobile assets. Using very low cost hardware, we are able to interface with instruments and other equipment to achieve insights into asset status, performance, and operational health. We can employ on-device filtering and analysis on raw data and contextualize it with other asset data to capture complex events, make smart operational decisions, and transmit only information of value. If you’ve struggled with network latency, bandwidth costs due to too much data, sorting through high-frequency data to find the critical information, or ensuring you have the right calculations or critical values delivered to your decision-makers, Casne has solutions to help you cruise past this and start focussing on what matters.

By designing and implementing your edge computing strategy, our engineers can help you increase the efficiency of real-time processing that are critical to your success. By contributing our experience with power and network resiliency to your edge computing strategy, we can help ensure that operational integrity is maintained and information can be relied on despite unavoidable hardware or network failures.

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Data Visualization and Reporting

Better, Faster Insights

Plant supervisors and decision-makers often have the data they need but find it difficult to put to use. Casne can set up Data Visualization and Reporting Solutions for your personnel so these massive datasets are more easily understood through visual representations. These visuals could be charts, graphs or illustrations that are versatile and allow further slicing and dicing of data. The Reporting tools allow users to build reports for record-keeping or further analysis. With this too, Casne can help you gain valuable insights into your company’s performance, profitability and efficiency. Most importantly, it can help you make the right decisions at the right time.

These are some of the benefits of using a Data Visualization and Reporting solution:

  • Automated report generation
  • Rules-based alerting or scheduled report delivery through email and text message
  • Interactive and customizable dashboards
  • Mobile access and mobile optimization
  • Full Operational Consistency and Awareness of Metrics that drive the business
  • Integration to Factory Floor PLC and other control systems

Asset Management

Strategic Asset Management

Your assets are the backbone of your operations. This critical infrastructure is always under scrutiny — asset owners are always trying to balance asset performance along with risks and costs over asset life cycles. When asset utilization is not optimal, then plant supervisors come under pressure as the bottom line gets hit.

Casne offers digital tools to assess the health, operational status of your asset base, to build an integrated asset management program and to inform investment decisions. We have worked with several industry leaders to improve their asset utilization through these services:

  • Strategic asset management planning to establish a baseline assessment of your asset
  • Data analysis and systems set up to create a foundation for your asset management structure
  • Portfolio optimization to maximize return on investment and minimize risk
  • Operational readiness to get assets up and running, including aligning people and processes
  • Integrated operations to manage the day to day performance and maintenance
  • Operational excellence through historical analysis to enhance future performance
  • Asset integrity to ensure regulatory compliance and deliver peace of mind

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Maintenance Strategies

Better Asset Health, Longer Asset Life.

Poorly maintained assets can deliver a blow to your company’s bottom line. Most asset owners recognize this fact to be true, but find it challenging to understand and apply a maintenance strategy that will protect asset health. 

At Casne, we understand how it may be difficult to decide which maintenance strategy to follow when there are a few of them. 

We believe that a mix of strategies is required to maintain your assets. There are three basic types of maintenance strategies:

  • Preventive –  Assets of low- to mid-level criticality should be monitored with preventive maintenance.
  • Reactive – A run-to-failure strategy (reactive maintenance) can be used for assets that aren’t considered essential.
  • Predictive – Monitor the condition of highly critical assets continuously with a predictive maintenance plan to protect them and predict failures.
  • Condition-based Maintenance – Maintenance based on the equipment performance monitoring and the control of the corrective actions taken as a result.

Putting off maintenance may result in critical equipment failure that could disrupt operations and cause a plant shutdown. We can help you find an appropriate balance of maintenance approaches so you can minimize asset downtime and repair costs while ensuring plant and personnel safety. 

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Alarm Management

Never Miss a Critical Alarm Again

Your staff relies on alarm management solutions to stay on top of system malfunctions that could harm your critical operation and personnel.

Yet, your frontline personnel often find themselves overloaded by alarms that are useless, unimportant and have too few details to take proper action.  

Unable to focus, they ignore more than two-thirds of these alarms, which isn’t just inefficient — it’s potentially catastrophic. One missed alarm may mean the difference between business-as-usual and a plant shutdown.

There are two reasons why this happens: First, alarm management systems require technical expertise to configure correctly. Second, a poor alarm management philosophy may mean that low priority, routine events set off alarms.

We know how difficult it is to intervene when critical alarm information is mashed up with other stimuli.  Our alarm rationalization and prioritization techniques work across industries whether you are running an oil and gas pipeline, server farm, or wastewater treatment plant. 

With our technical expertise, we can revamp your alarm management tools and techniques so you always take the right action, at the right time. 

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