Cover Story: System integration case studies from several industries show lower costs and greater efficiency in projects using supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human-machine interface (HMI), and manufacturing execution systems (MES). These won awards.
System integrators discuss an eight-year distributed control system upgrade from a legacy system without downtime and a 100-site information technology and operational technology system integration project to improve data mining, tagging structures, and programming disparities.
GlobalData reports that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has made manufacturers realize the need for faster automation and innovation, but it is going to take time to recover from the virus' economic effects.
COVID-19 is forcing manufacturers to rely more on automation and digitalization for long-term operations to reduce the financial impact from epidemics and other potential economic challenges.
Rapid growth of data collection make rapid expansion of digital twins more likely to add automation, supply chain efficiencies and optimization.
Oil and gas capital project management
Five industrial controller findings
Enabling integrated plant performance management is becoming easier with new tools available to widen optimization of individual units or areas.
The 2017 process instrumentation and automation market is projected to grow 3.7% by 2022 to a total of $16 billion according to the Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA).
Case studies in oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and water-wastewater applications offer advice in control system integration, automation upgrades, and project management.