DCS empowers a converged workforce through a smarter experience

10 June 2018

The latest release of the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) from Rockwell Automation is said to enable smarter, more productive and protected operations. New system capabilities include a more intuitive design and the ability to see contextualised information from plant assets.

These improvements are said to help digitally transform process control operations – helping to enable a connected enterprise with reduced time-to-market and a lower total cost of ownership.

The latest release leverages enabling technologies to eliminate a complexity barrier for small to mid-sized operations seeking to implement a DCS. By consolidating servers into a single machine, applications can implement the full functionality of a modern DCS. This is said to reduce engineering time, licenses and system footprint by up to 75%.

The new DCS also features an expanded library that supports electrical protection devices, utilising EtherNet/IP and IEC-61850 standards.

The system features an expanded library of process objects that improve human interactions with the process, including the handling of alarms and abnormal situations. The library also features historian templates to optimise the display of event information with real-time and historical data.

With the PlantPAx DCS, users can now define access rights both by role and area, providing a new level of security through authentication and access privileges. The system release also expands network availability for I/O communications and extends the value of converged plant-wide architectures.

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