DCS Upgrade: How to Reduce Stress During Execution

DCS Upgrade: How to Reduce Stress During Execution

This guest blog post was written by Sunny R. Desai, an engineer in the DCS/PLC/SCADA department at Reliance Industries Ltd.   The Reliance Industries Hazira complex, which manufactures a wide range of polymers, polyesters, fiber intermediates, and petrochemicals,...
Modern DCS Graphics: Level 1 Overview Displays

Modern DCS Graphics: Level 1 Overview Displays

This post was written by Robert Allen, VP of operations at Lin and Associates.   Editor’s Note: ANSI/ISA-18.2-2009, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries and ISA-101, Human-Machine Interfaces are valuable standards for users designing Level 1...
Webinar Recording: How to Modernize a Legacy DCS Platform

Webinar Recording: How to Modernize a Legacy DCS Platform

This ISA co-hosted webinar on DCS upgrade and migration strategies was presented by Tim Gellner, senior consultant at MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company.     Migrating a legacy DCS platform to a modern one is a challenging and expensive undertaking....
Integrating DCS I/O to an Existing PLC

Integrating DCS I/O to an Existing PLC

This is an excerpt from the May/June 2014 issue of InTech magazine by Debashis Sadhukhan, process controls system manager at NASA, and John Mihevic, retired DCS control system manager. At the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in Cleveland, Ohio, existing programmable...

What is an Optimal Control System for Batch Manufacturing?

This guest post is authored by Tao Shen, a product marketing manager at Honeywell Process Solutions. If you’re working in batch manufacturing, you are painfully aware of the ever-increasing demand to produce more and more and – while you’re at it – cut costs. Well,...

10 Pitfalls of DIY Control Systems

This guest post is authored by Bill Stevens, global product marketing manager for Honeywell Process Solutions. The debate over the virtues of the distributed control system (DCS) vs. the programmable logic controller (PLC) has been ongoing since these two...

What is your plan for DCS migration?

Recently I watched the movie Apollo 13 again, this time including my four children who had never seen the cinematic classic. I’ve personally seen it too many times to count; it’s one of my favorites—partly because it’s based on a true story that I never tire of reflecting on and remembering

Webinar Recording: Straight Talk on DCS Migration

Webinar Recording: Straight Talk on DCS Migration

This webinar on DCS migration was presented by Nick Sands, an ISA leader and industry expert, along with John Boyd, Chad Harper and Matt Sigmon, of MAVERICK Technologies. This post has been updated with the webinar recording. Every day manufacturers struggle with...
DCS Migration: Failure Is Not an Option

DCS Migration: Failure Is Not an Option

Recently I watched the movie Apollo 13 again, this time including my four children who had never seen the cinematic classic. I’ve personally seen it too many times to count; it’s one of my favorites—partly because it’s based on a true story that I never tire of reflecting on and remembering

Automation Industry Career Tip: Be a Team Player

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #57. When I started my career, I could pretty much execute the entire automation system design...
The Importance of I/O Cards When Performing a DCS Retrofit

The Importance of I/O Cards When Performing a DCS Retrofit

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #24.   This is a tip I simply cannot stress enough. If a team does not understand the intricate...
The Importance of Minimizing Dead Time in Process Automation

The Importance of Minimizing Dead Time in Process Automation

The following tip is from the ISA book by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas titled 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career, inspired by the ISA Mentor Program. This is Tip #70.   When I was 4 years old and sitting on my Daddy’s knee, he said, “Son, I have just two...

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