The Maintenance Station is based on the Plant Asset Management and enables preventive and predictive diagnostics, maintenance, and service of the production plant. In parallel with process control, the Maintenance Station makes available consistent maintenance information and functions for all system components (assets). While the plant operator obtains all relevant information that is necessary for focused intervention in a process via the operator system, maintenance and service personnel can check the hardware components of the automation system and process their diagnostic messages and maintenance requests. The Maintenance Station not only provides the information that a fault exists but provides detailed guidance to the maintenance personnel so that necessary corrective or preventative action can be performed.
The Maintenance Station provides the maintenance engineer access to:
Electrical components in the plant, such as intelligent field devices and I/O modules, field bus, controllers, network components, and plant bus, as well as servers and clients of the operator systems
Mechanical assets, such as pumps, motors, centrifuges, heat exchangers, and closed-loop control circuits, which are represented by proxy objects in which the diagnostic rules are stored