Eliminating Single Points of Failure with Controls Redundancy

Eliminating Single Points of Failure with Controls Redundancy

What owners should know about high availability systems and redundancy.

By: Allan Evora

 

About the Webinar

Most don’t understand the cost of downtime until they experience it for the first time. By then, the amount of money lost would more than have paid for the cost of a redundant system. But at that point, it’s too late and owners end up paying more to upgrade the system than the original cost.

When designing a high availability system, we strive to eliminate single points of failure. If you have a single PLC, there should be a mechanism by which processes and equipment will continue to operate even if the primary controller fails. But it’s not just about redundancy in PLCs. We take a holistic approach to redundant architecture. For example, if you have a critical instrument that would negatively affect your process should it fail, that’s another piece to the redundant systems puzzle.

Ultimately, a deep understanding of your own uptime goals and requirements is the best way to determine which level of availability or redundancy makes sense for you.

 

You’ll Learn

Debunked myths about hot redundancy, the levels of redundancy, which facilities need redundancy, the cost of redundancy (and is it worth it?), and what availability level of redundancy makes the most sense for your facility.

 

Allan Evora - Founder | Affinity EnergyAllan D. Evora is a leading expert in control systems integration and president of Affinity Energy with over 20 years of industry experience working in every capacity of the power automation project life cycle. With a background at Boeing Company and General Electric, Allan made the decision to establish Affinity Energy in 2002. Allan is an alumnus of Syracuse University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, graduate of the NC State Energy Management program, and qualified as a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP).

Throughout his career, Allan has demonstrated his passion for providing solutions. In 1990, he developed FIRST (Fast InfraRed Signature Technique), a preliminary design software tool used to rapidly assess rotary craft infrared signatures. In 2008, Allan was the driving force behind the development of Affinity Energy's Utilitrend; a commercially available, cloud-based utility resource trending, tracking, and reporting software.

Allan has been instrumental on large scale integration projects for utilities, universities, airports, financial institutions, medical campus utility plants, and manufacturing corporations, and has worked with SCADA systems since the early ‘90s. A passion for data acquisition, specialty networks, and custom software drives him to incorporate openness, simplicity, and integrity into every design in which he is involved.