Making the Most of a Control System Migration

Posted by Mike Triassi on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Manufacturers utilizing control systemswith obsolete components are faced with the daunting task of needing to replace their system, even though it may meet their production needs and is very well understood by the operations team.  What can be done to help improve the success of a control system migration

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The ROI of a migration project is sometimes difficult to justify. It is often viewed as an "insurance policy" against losing the ability to replace a "likely to fail" subcomponent. In many cases this type of justification gets postponed for many years but most likely there are features of a new system that can improve a migration's value.   

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Topics: Manufacturing, DCS, Controls

Successful DCS Migrations - Without Production Interruption

Posted by Mike Triassi on Jan 5, 2016 12:25:11 PM

What a great message to deliver for Rockwell's Process System Users Group in Chicago!

Our client had an obsolete DCS running S88 Batch recipes and was looking to migrate to a modern solution. No problem right? Since they were running at capacity the only shut down available was during regularly scheduled maintenance. It is an understatement to say that our team had a lot of concern. The great news is that the concerns were unfounded and the project finished on time and on budget.

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Topics: DCS, Rockwell

DCS Systems and the "Connected Enterprise"

Posted by Mike Triassi on Dec 11, 2015 2:02:05 PM

It’s been just a few weeks since my FT Batch presentation at the Rockwell Process Systems User’s group meeting in Chicago and I remain overwhelmed by a significant theme of the event: our modern DCS systems are now a “connected enterprise.”   If you read this overview article on Rockwell’s site, The Connected Enterprise puts the Industrial internet of Things to Work for You, you can see that we have moved past just talking about IoT and on to actually being “connected.”

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Topics: Upgrades, DCS, Rockwell

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