Ethernet Automation Unmodified Ethernet Makes its Way Into Process Automation
Emerging functionalities such as voice, video and a range of mobility applications are beginning to appear in the plant environment; unleashing new opportunities for collaboration throughout the manufacturing environment. Today, a common control platform deployed plant-wide can reduce integration costs, time to market and maintenance costs.
India's chemical industry is quite old, and has gained maturity over time. In order to discuss the progress of adoption of ‘IT and Automation in Chemical Industry’ in India, we need to first recognise that the chemical industry has a wide spectrum – and can be classified broadly in three sub-segments: Basic, Speciality and Knowledge Chemicals.
The progress of adoption is different in different sub-segments; e.g., in petrochemicals sector – dominated by the three major players like Reliance, Haldia Petrochemical and GAIL – the adoption is at very high level.
Automation in the Chemical Industry Depends on the Branch
It is also to be remembered – that the level of implementation of IT and automation within the different chemical industry sub-segments depends upon the scale as well as the requirement of the particular sub-segment.
The understanding and implementation of technology is much higher in chemical industry in comparison with other industry verticals. Historically, the chemical industry – majority of which deal with hazardous chemicals – has not only to have complex controls but also has to have safety aspect. Modern scenarios are by no mean less challenging...