Memory maker takes Scada route

Samsung Electronics has adopted USData’s FactoryLink Scada software system as the standard for utilities management on its new memory chip production lines.

Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of semiconductor memory, has adopted USData’s FactoryLink Scada software system as the standard for utilities management on its new production lines.

Previously, Samsung used distributed control systems (DCS) technology to monitor and control electric power, ventilation, and water handling for its semiconductor production lines. In a bold move, Samsung decided to implement a lower-cost, more flexible solution using programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) software.

After evaluation, they selected Siemens S7 PLCs and USData FactoryLink software running on Compaq computers with Microsoft Windows NT operating systems.

The Scada system constantly monitors over 200,000 (real I/O) data points and provides a visual display of real-time status to the utility engineers. The system also logs archive directly into an Oracle relational database and warns operators of any alarm conditions at the equipment.

‘We are proud to welcome Samsung as a customer,’ said USData president Ed Nugent. ‘This project is an excellent example of how USData FactoryLink is able to support a large application, processing many thousands of data points on a single server, with multiple users connected over a local area network to monitor and operate a variety of industrial equipment.’

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