Seven Ways Today's Distributed Control Systems (DCS) Can Save You 20% or More

This white paper from ABB documents the key advantages of DCS systems over PLC/HMI engineered systems and the typical value of each.

As you probably know, integrating independent PLC's and required operator interface, takes a great amount of time and effort. This effort is focused on making the technology work together, rather than improving operations, reducing costs, or improving the quality or profitability of your plant.

Many engineers do not normally think about it but a PLC/HMI system may have a subset, if not all, of the following unique and manually coordinated databases.

• Each controller and its associated I/O
• HMI (potentially multiple HMIs)
• Alarm Management
• Batch / Recipe and PLI
• Redundancy at all levels
• Historian
• Asset Optimization
• Fieldbus device management

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