Dynamic SAMA process notation is like giving a GPS to systems engineering The future of process visualization arrived more than 30 years ago, but somehow, only the power industry got the message. When the Scientific Apparatus Manufacturer’s Association (SAMA) published its revolutionary instrumentation charting standards, however, they had intended cross-industry adoption. SAMA diagrams, symbols and guidelines provide a much better representation of process automation algorithms, which can reduce engineering workload by as much as 60 percent for process engineers in refining, chemical production, food processing and many other process-driven industries – as well as power.
HMI migration strategy enables easy scale-up to next-generation process automation Modern process automation systems come with HMIs that extend functionality well beyond the desktop – unifying operations in ways not possible with older systems. But if you are not yet ready to shut down and make that major system switch today, you can enjoy many of the benefits by starting with an HMI upgrade.
Recently, Juggler Michael Davis performing on late night television held up one of the axes he was about to juggle and joked: “This is the ax that George Washington used to chop the cherry tree.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could just upgrade your control system like that – component by component, to keep it continuously up to date? Would that avoid the cost and pain of going through a full system migration? Trust me, we know it would. We’ve been doing it like that for nearly 20 years.
What happens to critical data, control logic, and graphics after a DCS migration? Once users are confident that they can migrate to a new control system while preserving their legacy hardware infrastructure, their concerns switch quickly to their code, their control logic and the graphics. These are the crown jewels for most companies and they want to be sure all are still floating when the old DCS goes down.
If your DCS ain’t broke, don’t fix it … , or so the conventional wisdom might go. But that attitude could end up costing your company a lot of money or cause you to miss out on opportunities you never even knew you had.
Question: We are running a pulp operation with an old Fisher Provox. We are looking for an upgrade before the whole mill shuts down. I have read that some vendors offer a migration path that involves keeping much of the legacy equipment in place. Answer:....
Cyber security is becoming a critically important subject for control and system experts who may not also be cyber security experts. In this next content-packed webinar, ARC Advisory Group analyst Harry Forbes will lead a panel of experts addressing cyber questions most frequently raised by end-users in the heavy process industries.
Dont miss this online presentation if you're planning to migrate your Honeywell DCS. You'll walk away with new low risk/high return migration strategies. Learn how low risk / high return migration strategies can help you evolve that old DCS in an orderly, step-by-step approach.
During the recent “MY DCS Upgrade webinar series, we asked the attendees what was keeping them from migrating their DCSs: the two main obstacles mentioned were: 1. Risk of downtime, and 2. Budget justification to management.
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