Suppliers and Users Alike Share Responsibility for Successful Control System Migrations
Keywords: Control System Migration, Manufacturing IT, DCS, Hot Cut-Over, Off-Line Cut-Over, Risk Avoidance.
Owner-operators and suppliers alike face many complex issues relative to when and how to migrate obsolete control systems and technology. ARC Advisory Group estimates that $65 billion worth of obsolete technology is still in use today. While many of these systems are still performing well beyond original life expectancy, this introduces appreciable risk for manufacturing organizations.
Some of the issues relate to the lack of availability of automation system components. However, a shortage of the skills required to support obsolete systems is another major issue. Owner-operators must decide how to justify and manage the risk to the manufacturing business; while suppliers must develop solutions that simplify the process, enabling owner-operators to migrate successfully from the obsolete systems and thus ensure business continuity.
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