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ABB white paper explores the future of DCS technology

May 2022 News PLCs, DCSs & Controllers

ABB has released a white paper entitled ‘The DCS of tomorrow: ABB’s process automation system vision,’ which outlines how process automation systems will evolve to support industries as they undergo digital transformation and shift to sustainable energy sources.

For more than a century, automation systems have been central to empowering industries that provide the basic building blocks of our everyday lives – energy, power, water, metals, minerals, chemicals and transportation – to scale to the needs of a growing population. And for nearly 50 years, the DCS (distributed control system) has been instrumental in enabling safe, efficient and reliable 24/7 operations for these process and energy industries.

At the core of controlling and supervising complex processes, the DCS will continue to provide the essentials needed for safe and reliable operations, while evolving its functionality to serve the needs of accelerating digital transformation and energy transition. It will combine an ability to scale and serve new market conditions by adapting to new technologies, including the provision of standard interfaces for third-party connectivity.

ABB foresees a modular automation architecture that will evolve to address customer needs, becoming more open, interoperable and flexible, while maintaining the same high level of reliability, availability, safety and security to which users have grown accustomed. The company highlights the following innovations to expect in the years to come are:

• The DCS of the future will be embedded in a digitally-enabled environment that facilitates enterprise-wide, secure connectivity and collaboration among people, systems and equipment.

• New business models will be feasible through readily downloadable application subscription services.

• Machine learning and artificial intelligence will speed issue resolution and promote remote, autonomous operations that keep people out of harm’s way and mitigate against human-induced error.

• The generation joining the workforce will leverage the familiar benefits of digitalisation without having to sacrifice the reliability, availability and security that current systems provide.

“With the DCS of tomorrow, we will accelerate innovation while maintaining the reliability and continuity for which we are known,” said Peter Terwiesch, president, ABB Process Automation. “This white paper is a blueprint for automation systems that will future-proof industries for decades to come. Many of the industries we serve are energy- and material-intensive, and strive toward more sustainable production. As they increasingly integrate renewables into their energy mix, we will provide the automation with which to do it.”

For more information contact ABB South Africa, +27 10 202 5000, ofentse.dijoe@za.abb.com, www.abb.com/za


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