Almarai is the largest vertically-integrated dairy producer in the world. The conglomerate has more than 200,000 cows and systematically controls the entire process – from farm to table.
At the beginning of 2019, Almarai’s Maintenance Manager notified INDEFF that the SCADA-system in their Central Process and Packaging Plant 2 (CPP2) was end-of-life. Additionally, the 10+ years old Wonderware 3.0 system ran on obsolete physical servers.
Sure, updating the automation software on the physical servers would have been an easy fix. But it wouldn’t deliver on INDEFF’s main promise: continuous improvements of industrial efficiency. That’s why we proposed and built a virtual server environment that offers the highest possible availability: fault tolerance. 4 brand-new physical servers were fully synchronized to make sure that production processes could always continue without interruption.
As always, our project started with a thorough technical analysis and careful resource planning. Only 3 months later, the renewed automation software and servers were factory- and site-accepted.
The challenge for our team – 5 dedicated automation engineers – consisted of implementing a large number of virtual machines while maintaining a good balance with the CPU-capacity of the servers. To achieve this result, we created a solution based on Stratus everRun.
Thanks to the strategic location of INDEFF’s Middle East office – located in the middle of Dubai Internet City – our team could count on fast and face-to-face support from HP, Cisco, and Stratus. As a result, our team was able to deliver on all its promises while simultaneously increasing operator productivity.