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Nibrt Utility PCS, UCD, Co Dublin




Project title: Utility Process Control System
Description: Control system for new research and training facility
Client: National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), UCD, Co Dublin
Technology: Siemens Simatic WinCC, Simatic S7 400, ET200M remote IO.
Timeline: Nov 2009 – Apr 2010
Contact: Darrin McCrudden / / +353 (0)1 885 3400

The client’s business requirements were:

  • A “one-stop-shop” for the bioprocessing Industry’s training requirements.
  • A dynamic catalogue of course content from which the client can build unique training solutions for their clients
  • A number of training solutions ranging from operator through to the senior management which can be delivered in different formats to suit the client.
  • Holistic training programmes in a realistic GMP simulated, operational manufacturing environment.


  • Provide supervisory control of PUW Distribution.
  • Provide interface and process visualisation for approx 20 skids.
  • Provide operator interface to recipes and routes for a centralised CIP system for the skids.
  • Record historical process and alarm data for entire facility.
  • Provide out of hours alarm notification.

Key Challenges & Solutions

  • Control different skids from multiple vendors with minimum cost, risk and change.
    We developed a tailored interface for each skid which allowed the vendor retain their standard code and hence reduced development, change and testing.
  • Provide a cost effective and flexible CIP system for the facility.
    We engineered a solution that allowed a single CIP skid be used to clean all other skids and in so doing avoid the requirement for multiple skid dedicated CIP systems.


  • WinCC V7.0 with S7-400 PLC
  • Redundant OS Servers (SCADA) with archiving engineered from one ES (Engineering station)
  • 8 WinCC clients to provide visualisation for training
  • Simatic Teleservice was used for remote alarm notification


  • All project requirements were addressed
  • Project delivered to budget and on schedule
  • New system has clear upgrade path