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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.

Harry Forbes ExxonMobil’s Quest for the Future of Process Automation

ExxonMobil's recent process automation initiative is noteworthy for several reasons: First because it is being done for ExxonMobil, a leading international oil company with a long reputation for operational excellence. Second, because the products of this program will be technologically quite different from the process automation systems used today. Third, because the organization and the value chain executing this program are also quite different from the way the process automation market works today.