DCS Engineering Software in the Information-Driven Enterprise
Keywords: DCS, Engineering Software, Information-Driven Enterprise, Plant Lifecycle.
DCS Software Needs Integration Capability
As will be discussed in detail at ARC Advisory Group's upcoming Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 10-13, 2014, manufacturers face many hurdles in achieving ARC's vision of the information-driven enterprise. Accurately managing all types of plant configuration information over the plant lifecycle is a critical challenge for plant owner-operators. The plant lifecycle phases include design, construction, and operation & maintenance.
Software tools for managing distributed control system (DCS) configuration/engineering are critical, but are only one part of the engineering toolsets employed by EPC firms and plant owner-operators. DCS engineering software tools usually represent only a small fraction of an owner-operator's total investment in design and configuration management software. This makes it critical for the DCS tools to easily integrate with external applications. Owner-operators will find standalone DCS engineering tools of limited value, regardless of their quality.
Integration of DCS Toolset Functions
DCS engineering tools usually divide into several major areas:
System-level design and engineering
Device management (for field devices)
Process control configuration
Operator interface configuration
Alarm/alert presentation and management
Application configurations (historian, advanced control, etc.)
Engineering software utilities
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