The Lenzing Group, headquartered in Austria, is the world’s leading producer of man-made cellulose fibers. These high quality fibers are made from processed wood pulp and are primarily used in the textile industry and the nonwovens industry. Lenzing first deployed the PI System at one facility as a trend add-on for the DCS. In 2009, they rolled it out to a second site as a historian and process development tool, and in 2011, they developed the PI System into their main reporting system. Today, they have 10 PI Servers, the largest of which handles 200,000 tags, 150+ interfaces, and 400 users. Central to Lenzing’s Production IT strategy is a module-based approach with OSIsoft’s PI System as the key component. A module consists of software, hardware, documentation, training material, best practices, and audit guidelines, which provide sites with global standards as well as local configuration options to support an approach that both fixed and flexible. As a result of this approach, Lenzing has a global platform where they can deploy modules rapidly and at low costs for process monitoring, including continuous process improvement, controller performance monitoring, and downtime tracking."
Wolfgang Purrer is the Senior Manager of Production Information Management Systems (PIMS) at Lenzing. He first started to work in the Lenzing Group in 1997 in roles ranging from electrician to developer, project leader, and team leader. He is as a part of the Global Operational Excellence Team, which is responsible for the Production IT systems. He first worked with OSIsoft’s PI System in 2008 and helped build the “PIMS Program,” which provides harmonized production information management for nearly all of the 11 production facilities on six continents. He holds a Master of Science in Information Technology and a Master of Arts in Information Management.