Voices: McMillan & Weiner

Invisibility of process control

The Industrial Internet of Things will not control processes without process control professionals.

By Greg McMillan and Stan Weiner
May 8, 2017

*Greg*: Specialists doing process control improvements are doing a disappearing act. While the biggest loss of expertise is in application of advanced process control (APC), the efforts to improve control strategies, tuning, measurements and valves also are suffering. All of this comes at a time when tools and technologies offer the greatest flexibility and capability. The symptoms are the disappearance of process control improvements, copy jobs in migration projects, and the expectation that solutions simply lie in extensive use of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A tempting thought for management trying to reduce staff and budgets is that IIoT will tell you everything you need to know and do about the process. The real case is that there should be a synergy between intelligence offered by automation professionals and the availability, visualization, integration and coordination of data offered by IIoT that leads to more extensive use and appreciation of people doing process control.

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