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Combining Building and Process Automation Systems. Is It Better?

Combining Building and Process Automation Systems Can Ease Plant Support, but Be Prepared to Ante Up

By Dan Hebert

Most process plants have a need for some type of facilities management and corresponding building automation systems. The degree of sophistication ranges from very simple for a plant with mostly outdoor equipment, such as a petrochemical facility, to quite complex for pharmaceutical and other plants where climate control and air quality are integral parts of the process.

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