Industrial Information & Control Centre (I2C2)

Industrial Information & Control Centre (I2C2)

Description

The Industrial Information and Control Centre (I2C2) was established in 2008 as a joint research institute between AUT University and The University of Auckland. I2C2's focus is to raise the capability in advanced process simulation and control research in New Zealand. Supported by New Zealand's process and manufacturing industries, the I2C2 produces industry relevant world-class research in both industrial information and control and related human skills development. It facilitates research links and provides a focus for postgraduate research, graduate training and continuing education to enable a more professional work force and assist New Zealand process/manufacturing industries to become more efficient, innovative, skilled and productive This laboratory has been recently refurbished to include new process control rigs, instrumentation and associated computing equipment.

Expertise

The I2C2 group has expertise designing, building and calibrating mathematical models suitable for optimisation and control for a wide variety of systems and industries.

Research Focus

Modelling, optimisation and control of industrial processes. We have built models for Transpower, models of electrical usage for Unison, prototypes of microwave cavities for CQuest.

Unique Capability Proposition

The I2C2 will combine the strengths of two key institutions namely the two local universities, The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology. I2C2 also has strong academic and research collaboration with the Light Metals Research Centre (LMRC) at the University of Auckland who complement our activities in the global light metals sector. We also have a strong academic collaboration with the Engineering Research Institute (ERI) at AUT University. I2C2 also has a strong steering group of predominately industrial partners, including representatives from Beca, Custom Controls and Fonterra. Recent and current collaboration partners include Bell Tea, Fonterra, the New Zealand Refining Company, New Zealand Steel, Tamaki Control and WaterCare Services. The number of collaborated partners continues to grow.

The laboratory equipment includes the Emerson DeltaV digital automation system along with Quanser and Armfield control rigs. IC2C also has a set of National Instruments CompactRIO embedded controllers and associated interface boards.

Past Successes
  • We have successfully completed a large contract with Petronas (KL, Malaysia) to build a steam utility model.
  • We currently have a large contract (PGP) with Fonterra to investigate Process Analytical Technology (PAT) in the milk–powder and cheese production.
  • We are currently running a number of modelling projects with Transpower.
  • We are known for our optimisation package (OPTI), our Model Predictive Control package jMPC, and for our theoretical work in control performance analysis.
  • We are part of the Materials Accelerator.