Our products at Blue Nickel, is geared towards ensuring that we assist our clients to increase the efficiencies of their operations whilst keeping the products simple to operate. Blue Nickel products are easily adaptable which allows for many special features deployed within each version. Interfaces are available at all connection points to allow clients to adapt the software for their specific needs or Blue Nickel can add any customisations required per request.
DART is a data trending and query tool. It connects to multiple data sources like the plant historian and lab database. Tags can easily be searched, added and removed to be either trended or saved to Excel.
DART makes it possible to quickly troubleshoot and identify process issues. A process tree is available to assist with navigation and finding tags quickly.
Fluid Reports is a reporting tool specifically designed and built for the minerals processing industry. It connects to all available data sources on site and generates reports that can quickly identify sub-optimal process performance. Reports can be emailed or published to a webpage. It is used by metallurgists and control engineers from all the major platinum producers to monitor process and controller performances on a daily basis.
It can send graphs via MMS when a measurement triggers a threshold. At the same time it can send through production figures at a fixed interval. Instant notification such as this on a mobile phone makes monitoring of critical parameters easy.
Opto One is an automated web based application that monitors the performance of all PID control loops on a plant. This package makes it easy for an instrumentation technician to monitor performance of hundreds of control loops.
Control loop data gets analysed and processed in real-time so that a high level report allows the user rapid navigation to faulty control loops where diagnostics of the problematic control loops are available.
Data from the PLC or SCADA are stored at high frequency through an OPC connection. DART is used by the end user to access data while a web service exposes data to
be obtained programmatically.
Data backups and redundancy are inherited from the NoSQL backend.
Phoenix RTE is a highly functional analytics engine. It is a web based interface that reads and writes to any data source. A live environment enables real-time monitoring of process and controller KPIs. It performs complex calculations in real-time or process data in batches.
Phoenix RTE is ideal for implementation and monitoring of advanced control strategies.
Psibyl is a model predictive controller (MPC) and system identification tool. Model predictive control is the number one control strategy for advanced process control solutions (APC). Psibyl’s system identification component extracts dynamic process models which is then used in the MPC algorithm.
The MPC algorithm has some unique features tailored for process control solutions in the minerals processing industry.
Olympus is an HTML5 web based portal that hosts the following Blue Nickel modules;
1. Phoenix RTE
The portal framework is ideal to host any web based application. Other web based applications that are typically accessed through Olympus are process and production reports that are executed through systems like SSRS and Tableau.