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How the DCS Has Spread Its Tentacles into Every Aspect of Factory Control

For 25 Years, We've Watched in Wonder the Progress of Our Most Powerful Systems

By Paul Studebaker

In 2015, the distributed control system (DCS) will mark its 40th anniversary—40 years since the first Honeywell TDC-2000 beta-types were installed at Exxon's Sarnia, Ontario, refinery, and Yokogawa introduced its version, CENTUM. By 1980, Bailey (now part of ABB) introduced the NETWORK 90 system, Fisher Controls (now part of Emerson) introduced the PROVoX system, and Fischer & Porter (now also part of ABB) introduced DCI-4000.

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