Operational Technology Viewpoints

Insights on emerging technologies, practices, and processes for enhancing operational excellence.

Jan
24
2018
Rick Rys — Technology Trends

How do Operator Training Simulators Vary?

Operator training simulators range from simple tieback simulators to full scope replica systems found in nuclear plants. Which variation is right for you? Start by looking at what gets simulated
Jan
22
2018
Janice Abel — Technology Trends

From Self-Driving Autos to the Autonomous Industrial Plant

“ARC is starting to see a few “lights out” plants but mostly in the discrete industries. These plants are run by systems, machines and robots and do not need to have the lights on to see. We do expect to see autonomous industrial plants in the future in the process industries but expect the process industries to be slower to adapt because of the complexities and potential hazards.”
Jan
19
2018
Harry Forbes — Industry Trends

What is Open Process Automation?

Open Process Automation is an initiative to create a new generation of automation systems with a distinctly different architecture than the Distributed Control Systems (DCS) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) that are used today for process automation.
Jan
16
2018
Sharada Prahladrao — Technology Trends

Solar Powered Highways – Is that the Road Ahead?

It’s not just about an alternative source of energy; it’s long been known that solar energy is the way of the future. But when I read a recent article on the inauguration of solar powered highways in China I was rather skeptical. “Is it feasible?” I pondered. Because solar power for homes, cars, factories seem practical and time-tested; but for roads?
Jan
12
2018
Eapen Jacob — Technology Trends

IP-based Access Control Systems Gaining Traction in Security Market

With the advancements in microprocessor technology, proliferation of intelligent hardware and software, and advent of IP-based systems, access control systems offer intelligent ways to manage access to buildings or properties
Jan
09
2018
Harry Forbes — Industry Trends

Open Process Automation at the 2018 ARC Industry Forum

At the 2017 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida, in addition to keynote and other presentations on OPA by other ExxonMobil executives, ExxonMobil and The Open Group held the initial meetings of the Open Process Automation Forum.

Jan
08
2018
Mark Sen Gupta — Industry Trends

What are Safety Instrumented and Critical Control Systems?

In the early days of process automation, mechanical and solid state relays were commonly used for safety interlock functions. With processes becoming more complex, programmable systems are now common for safety and critical control functions.
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