ARC Technology Forecast for the Industrial Internet of Things
The transformation of the industrial sector has begun. Information-driven systems based on increased connectivity, real-time data, advanced analytics, and execution software can deliver better performance and enhance competitive advantage — not only in the plant, but across an industrial organization's supply chain and its value network. Many suppliers are developing and deploying new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. Thanks to intelligent, connected production assets and new service models, companies are improving performance, reducing operating costs, and increasing reliability.
DCS versus PLC: Is the Debate Over?
Many of the process industries experiencing high growth today, such as upstream and midstream oil and gas, water and wastewater, and mining, don't require the sophisticated functions that are normally found in high-end process automation systems installed in the petrochemical industry. This has led many end users to revive the old debate of "DCS vs. PLC." In the 1990s through the early 2000s, the combination of PLCs with a third-party HMI, tied together with services from a systems integrator became a popular choice for end users looking for a more economical control solution compared to the monolithic DCSs that were available at the time.