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Final Report: System Upgrade

Tang, Fee Boon (2012) Final Report: System Upgrade. Internship Report, Murdoch University.

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This report is submitted as a final requirement for an engineering internship which was undertaken at Motherwell Automation, Perth. The main aim of the internship is to provide exposure to engineering design and technical competencies and to develop practical skills such as time management, communication skills, networking skills and troubleshooting skills. The practical skills learned in the internship prepared student to adapt in real engineering jobs after graduated from university.

The project was dealing with the upgrade of the software and hardware for YARA Fertilizer Company’s Inert Gas Generator section. The main reason of the upgrade is to ensure that the plant can be operated with the latest versions of software and hardware available in the market, replaced the non standard redundancy software and also to enhance machine reliability.

An upgrade from the GE 90-30 system to the RX3i PACSystem requires an in depth understanding of every hardware component. In establishing a basis for the required modification, hardware components, layouts, architecture and configuration of the control were thoroughly explored.

An upgrade to redundancy requires additional hardware components which caused some issues at the beginning. During the upgrade, the non-standard software has been replaced and code reconfigured for all additional redundant hardware. An industrial Ethernet switch was also replaced due to compatibility issues with the latest RX3i PACSystem Ethernet Module.

Control solutions design was required to provide the system with redundant power supplies, CPU with hot standby redundancy, dual Genius Bus Controller, Reflective Memory X-Change Modules (RMX) and Ethernet Modules.

Time management was crucial in completing the project, as significant technical challenges were faced in the course of completing the project. Moreover there is a need to manage stress whilst working on the project and concurrently doing reports and presentation slides for the school.

On the basis of this final report, it is the author’s belief that the internship objectives have been successfully fulfilled by the project undertaken at Motherwell Automation. Finally, the experience gained has also benefited the author in terms of enhancing the troubleshooting skills and stress management.

Item Type: Internship Report (Bachelor of Engineering)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
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