Aston Martin GaydonUK – At the OEM’s facility in Gaydon, Warwickshire, Siemens SIMATIC WinCC SCADA has been implemented as a scalable process visualisation system to monitor and control all aspects of production.

The system operates all equipment and provides instant access to important data such as trend logging of temperature curves in the paintshop curing ovens, plus activity on the two primary production lines. Equipment data can be monitored and presented as live information, then integrated into KPI reports used for strategic decision-making. The downtime reporting and fault-finding capability also enables issues to be quickly identified and rectified.

“Our Gaydon manufacturing facility is modern, flexible and efficient but we are always looking for improvements. We felt that the introduction of a plant-wide integrated control and monitoring system would be beneficial,” explained Steve Davis, senior controls engineer, Aston Martin. “We can now access status, data and reporting from up to 50 terminals across the site.”

He continued: “We have an integrated and plant-wide transparent control and monitoring capability for our essential processes all from a single source. It also allows for historical archiving of results achieved, downtime alarm logging and daily build logs, which is the type of critical data that can aid strategic planning and improve our already impressive efficiency record.”