Industry Best Practices & Definitions

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.

Digital Industrial Operations Procedures Complement ISA106 Applications

Many industrial process plants are designed to run steady state for very long periods of time, thus providing a business with sustainable economic advantage.  Typically, in these instances, the on-line equipment utilization will be in the high 80 to low 90 percent range.  The remaining 5 to 15 percent of the available time is allocated to planned maintenance and grade changes.

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