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Rick Rys Training Simulators Vital to Improve Operator Effectiveness

ARC often hears questions about how operator effectiveness helps the manufacturing enterprise. Operator effectiveness is very important as the responsibility for safety, production, and product quality lies in the hands of the operator. Operations supervisors, managers, process engineers, maintenance, and control system engineers support the operator, but usually only the operator is responsible for all standard operating procedures.

Florian Gueldner ARC Automation Index Q4 2015

2015 was not a good year for global automation markets. Based on ARC Advisory Group's ongoing Automation Index, the overall automation markets in all regions contracted. The main drivers have been the downturn in oil prices, overcapacities in many process industries, geopolitical struggle, the relative downturn in China, and exchange rate effects due to the strong US dollar. Nevertheless, ARC sees positive signs, particularly for discrete automation, which developed comparatively well.