Industry in Transition A new Approach to Automation Projects
A new model for managing automation projects can help not just with technological issues, but with dynamic business concerns, including project costs and personnel issues.
In his presentation at the fair on Monday at the Discussion Forum “Automation im Dialog”, Larry O’Brien, vice president of research for the ARC Advisory Group outlined ARC’s vision for Collaborative Process Automation Systems (CPAS).
O’Brien says that the future of process automation is here. The objectives for CPAS are wide-ranging and include: providing safety and security; removing barriers to information; eliminating costly customization and embracing standardization; reducing operating and maintenance costs; and more. While automation may represent only a small percentage of a project’s cost, it is central to a plant. And, O’Brien says “Automation is probably the best risk management tool in your plant today.”