DCS Migration: Some Key Factors to Consider

Apr 11, 2012 4:07:00 AM | Posted by Don Dickson

Most people on the hunt for a new DCS system have never been through a migration before. The industry average life of a DCS is about 17 years, so it’s not something that happens every day. A DCS migration is a substantial investment that should be carefully weighed and fully vetted before making a final decision, so consider these important factors before you migrate.

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Is Your MES Integrated with Your Business Goals?

Apr 4, 2012 2:26:00 AM | Posted by John Clemons

In the past 10 years alone, there have been some big changes in the MES space. Not just changing business requirements or changing manufacturing work. I’m talking about changes that come from new technology and new architectures and solutions presented by the various MES vendors. The good news is, most of these changes are really pretty good — and a lot of the new technology is excellent and well worth taking a close look at.

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Some Notable Control Features of DeltaV Control System

Mar 28, 2012 9:07:00 AM | Posted by Sergei Kuznetsov

Soon after the acronym DCS appeared, more than 30 years ago now, discussions about what system is “best” cropped up among control engineers.

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Sailing Ships, Wired Telephones and Floppy Disks

Mar 22, 2012 8:03:00 AM | Posted by Bruce Brandt

What do these three items have in common? The companies that made them were all felled by disruptive technologies. To be fair, sailing ships and wired phones still exist, but not like they did in their heyday. When’s the last time you saw a sail-powered cargo ship? How many of us even have a wired home phone? Does your new computer have a floppy disk drive?

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Protecting Your Plant Floor Investment in the Post-Stuxnet Age

Mar 15, 2012 10:40:00 AM | Posted by Erik Goode

Everyone’s heard of Stuxnet. But what does it mean to us now?

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The Key to a Successful Automation Project

Mar 7, 2012 10:30:00 AM | Posted by Mike Gavin

Today, project management success is as much about the process and procedures followed during execution as it is about the project managers themselves. Definition, justification, specifications, proposal development, etc., are all important aspects of a successful project, as are the skill, experience and intangible assets of the PM. True success, however, sometimes comes from areas unrelated to one person. From a pure procedural perspective, the Project Management Institute (PMI) specializes in defining the processes for managing efforts in general, but a successful automation effort requires a tailored approach to managing a project.

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What's Holding You Back?

Feb 29, 2012 10:39:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

We’ve spent the last few weeks talking to you about DCS migration. Why it’s important. Why, if not done properly, it can be very painful. And why DCS Next is different.

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You’re Agile or You’re Dead

Feb 22, 2012 5:33:00 AM | Posted by Paul Galeski

Strong words with a true message. It’s critical to understand how times have changed. If you can’t react, you won’t just be left behind — you’ll be gone. As Bernard Baruch described the challenge of the Atomic Age, “We are here to make a choice between the quick and the dead.”

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