Invest in Yourself Through DCS Migration

Apr 27, 2011 5:00:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Like I mentioned before, you can invest in yourself — in your interests in the fields of automation and enterprise integration — in a lot of ways. One project we’ve seen many manufacturers doing lately is DCS migration. If you’re still running an old DCS, this could be just the project for you. Depending on your current business and operating conditions, you might see a substantial return on this investment.

Your DCS system only represents 10 to 15 percent of the total capital investment in your equipment, but it’s the tool with the biggest potential to increase your yields, reduce energy usage and achieve consistent quality. As DCS vendors phase out older systems, it’s important to upgrade so you can get the full support you need to perform at your best.

Some examples of DCS migrations I’m seeing in the industry today include:

  • From Emerson's Fisher PROVOX or Rosemount RS3 to DeltaV
  • From Honeywell's TDC2000/PMX or TDC3000 to Experion
  • From ABB's Bailey Infi90 to 800xA
  • From Siemens' Moore APACS to PCS7

There are typically 8 steps in a DCS migration project:

  1. Pre-project analysis and assessments
  2. Request for bids
  3. Front-end engineering and design (FEED)
  4. Systems integration and programming
  5. Procurement and construction
  6. Commissioning
  7. Training
  8. Sustainment

It’s important to work with a service provider who can add value at every step and ensure a smooth transition. With years of experience handling DCS migration in facilities across all major industries, MAVERICK is the ideal partner for many manufacturers. Read more about our DCS migration services.

Have you upgraded your DCS recently? If so, tell us in the comments. If you’d like to talk about investing in a new DCS, contact MAVERICK or e-mail me directly.

Topics: DCS Migration