Best Practices

A best practice is a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a benchmark. ARC has conducted numerous best practice surveys over the past thirty years and has developed best practices for a large number of topics of interest to industry executives.

What Is Autonomous Operations?

Plant operations in the process industries have evolved over time toward Autonomous Operations by using generally well-integrated and well-applied digital automation technologies, such as distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), safety integrated systems (SIS), and manufacturing execution systems (MES).  These plant-level technologies all fall under the domain of operations technology or “OT,” as distinguished from more enterprise-level information technology, or “IT”.   In general, OT focuses on safe, deterministic, and high availa