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Comment Automation & Control

Choosing a Control System

By Department Editor: Kate Torzewski |

Technology Requirements [ 1] Control architecture Does the solution provide an integrated automation platform? New systems should manage process knowledge through a combination of advanced technologies, industrial domain expertise, and Six Sigma methodologies. Choose an open, scalable control system that is fully redundant, includes robust control algorithms and provides on-process upgrades to minimize plant downtime. The system should be embedded with best-in-class applications for advanced control, asset management and control monitoring, and include a human interface integrating plant-wide information and delivering realtime process data. Additionally, the system should comply with open industry standards. Field instrumentation Does the solution integrate "smart" devices? Control solutions should support digital integration of field instruments, allowing processes to be linked with monitoring and control equipment, and providing the platform needed to operate plants more profitably. An automation provider should offer a maintenance-management program incorporating all of field assets — traditional and fieldbus alike — and providing tools for integrating all device information in a single database. User…
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