I was reading the most recent issue of Control magazine this morning and ran across the “Not your Daddy’s WBF: The Organization for Production Technology” article. The idea of adapting batch standards for non-traditional applications is one that we’ve been exploring for many years (ABB together with The Dow Chemical Company). It’s really great to see this change happening.
Object oriented Distributed Control Systems (DCS) can be configured to take advantage of batch strategies for continuous process control applications, bringing significant benefits in terms of safety and operational efficiency. Check out our “Benefits of State Based Control” white paper to learn more (Executive Summary extract below).
“State Based Control is a plant automation control design based on the principle that all process facilities operate in recognized, definable Process States that represent a variety of normal and abnormal conditions of the process. State Based Control, implemented with the latest developments in object-based technologies, delivers direct benefits to its adopters in a variety of Operational Excellence categories. It results in productivity increases, higher asset utilization of both people and process, automated responses and recovery for abnormal conditions and provides an environment for knowledge capture directly into the control design.”
Has your company used state based control? Would you consider it? Let us know your thoughts.