Despite the current international travel restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, EME engineers have successfully remotely commissioned a batch plant for customer Cristalchile in Chile.

EME worked out a concept to commission the plant via remote control from Germany without the presence of EME specialists on site.

For this purpose, Cristalchile provided several resources in the field of mechanics and control technology.

This team was supported in advance with the necessary process descriptions, manuals, checklists and additional training by EME specialists via video conferencing.

The remote commissioning of the batch plant was essentially divided into two stages, the cold start-up and the hot commissioning.

Cristalchile carried out the cold start up independently by using the detailed information provided by EME’s specifications.

During this stage, Cristalchile checked all drive systems; frequency converters and soft starters were parameterised.

For the hot commissioning, EME software engineers connected to Cristalchile’s system via secure EME VPN to activate the operating and control software.

Simultaneously video conferencing ran parallel to the commissioning – with two parallel video conferences from different areas on site were carried out by several commissioning engineers at the same time. All the scales were calibrated remotely.

Since commissioning, the batch plant has been running continuously without any problems.