Historically the control system only provided “Real time data”, but with the latest growth of the controller CPU horsepower, we are now able to produce compared baseline data on the local controller much like a “digital twin”.
We are developing several enhanced functions together with our partner GT Performance. The keystone to the enhanced monitoring is embedded smart modules that can be implemented directly in the Woodward control system, where a module is one to one with controller logic and visualized in the HMI system. The benefit of having the algorithms on a local level is that the models can run on real time unfiltered data, producing higher accuracy as well as more information at the user level rather than the typical externally in a 3rd party system.
Our goal is to provide the customer with a simpler to use, smarter control system/HMI. This will in turn contribute to increased reliability and availability, increased available power output and higher HPC efficiency. Ultimately this leads to a significant plant operating cost reduction.