Automation, Instrumentation and Process Control Generations 2, 3 and Beyond: Let's Get it Right This Time

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Many utilities are implementing their second or third generation of automation equipment. However, the benefits that utilities have reaped from these purchases have not been very good. For example, if one walks through a treatment plant and takes note of the number of control loops that are on “automatic” versus “manual,” as a percent of the total, one will find that generally, less than half are in use. This means that not even 50% of the effectiveness of your instrumentation automation purchases is being utilized. This is a poor investment, to say the least. This paper and presentation is intended to show how to avoid failure and achieve success, as defined as advanced assurance of meeting predetermined, worthwhile goals with automation and instrumentation. Six key factors for failure will be examined in detail. Additionally, the presentation will include an explanation of the process that utilities can use to successfully and more fully utilize the capabilities of their investment in automation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2008

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