Breaking the interoperability barrier

ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin and friends lead charge to open, secure, interoperable process control system

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We all knew this was coming—even if it took a few decades. Change can be denied and resisted for a long time, but eventually pressure builds, tectonic plates slip, volcanoes erupt, ice shelves crack, and suddenly the world is different. In the process industries, end users face many similar forces: end-of-life and obsolete equipment and facilities, increasingly mega and complex projects with ever-tightening deadlines, and unfortunately, some control suppliers unwilling to provide interoperable components and networking. Users have coped with these occupational hazards for decades, of course, but now they're compounded by tightening margins due to reduced energy prices…

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State of Technology: Workstations and enclosures

cg sot 17032EV2In this state of technology report, you'll learn the latest in evolutionary and breakthrough developments in enclosure technologies. Download it here.

Our latest issue: March 2017

March CoverIn our latest issue, we explore how ExxonMobil, Lockheed Martin and others are leading the charge to an interoperable, open and secure process automation system. Read the issue.

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