Collaborative Process Automation System

This Market Research Study provides the future of the Collaborative Process Automation System.

Modern Process Automation Offers More than Control

Owner-operators in today’s process industries require automation systems that can help maximize their return on assets to achieve business advantage, while reducing the cost and effort required to operate safely, securely, and reliably.  CPAS, the Collaborative Process Automation System, is ARC’s vision of such a system.

ARC introduced the CPAS concept over a decade ago in response to requests from several large, well-known owner-operators that were having difficulty evaluating the capabilities of the then-current Distributed Control Systems (DCS) to meet their evolving business requirements.  ARC concluded that the problems were not insurmountable, nor were they technology-constrained.  In fact, most of the functionality required had already been developed, with much of it commercially available  — just not from a single automation supplier.

This new CPAS 3.0 report provides an updated explanation of the guiding principles behind CPAS, the architecture, key enabling technologies and standards, and — most importantly — the business-enhancing applications that provide the core CPAS benefits.  ARC has also updated the report to reflect new requirements, as well as new enabling technologies and standards that have emerged since the last update to the report.  We also provide a vision of where we see CPAS headed.

ARC designed this report to be a strategic guide for both owner-operators and process automation system suppliers.

Collaborative Process Automation System Strategic Issues

Process automation users and suppliers alike have a lot at stake.  Users want to be able to develop their own unique competitive advantage, while suppliers look to preserve and increase their installed base.  This report answers strategic questions such as:Collaborative Process Automation System

  • Where are process automation systems heading?
  • How do new trends such as Cloud, Industrial Internet of Things, and Big Data analytics impact automation?
  • What does CPAS look like?
  • How does CPAS contribute to the enterprise value chain?
  • What standards and technology will bring current system to true CPAS?
  • How does CPAS 3.0 address today’s increased cyber security risks addressed?

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This market study may be purchased as an Excel Workbook and/or as a PDF File.  The Workbook has some unique features such as the ability to view data in local currency.  Regional studies include country and industry market data.  Country studies include market trends and industry data.  Studies and formats available are listed below:  

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Table of contents for these studies is shown in the following paragraphs.

Worldwide Research Focus Areas

Executive Summary

  • Scope, Vision, and Views
  • CPAS Application Levels
  • Standards and Technologies
  • Where Is CPAS Headed?

Process Industries Challenges

  • What Is Process Manufacturing?
  • Top 10 Business Challenges

CPAS Overview

  • Vision
  • Guiding Principles
  • Core Functionality

Components and Structure

  • Field Instruments
  • Controllers and Software
  • Electrical and Automation Integration
  • Safety and Control
  • Cyber Security
  • Operations Management Applications
  • Enterprise to Operations Integration

System Lifecycle Management

  • Supplier Selection
  • Multiple Supplier Management
  • Software Validation
  • Establishing the Base for CPAS
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Organization for CPAS
  • Automation Asset Management
  • Aging Installed Base
  • Reliability and Sustainability
  • Managing the Installed Base
  • Upgrading and Migration
  • Building Successful Vendor Support Agreements
  • The Changing Workforce


  • The Value of Standards
  • Internet Technologies
  • Process Automation Standards
  • Digital Fieldbuses

Where Is CPAS Headed?

  • Smart Field Devices
  • Real Distributed Control
  • On-Line Version Upgrades
  • Unify Business and Manufacturing
  • Application Executive of the Future
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