Surviving the Automation Knowledge Crisis


Automation systems today have become remarkable warehouses of knowledge and information. Beyond just system configuration, many years of effort is inevitably invested in these systems by not only control engineers, but operations, process, maintenance, business and management personnel as well. In fact, over the life of an automation system the total intellectual investment will come to exceed the initial hardware and software cost many times over.

This paper will discuss some of the factors contributing to the impending process industry automation knowledge crisis, present real–life industry examples and provide a proven solution to mitigate the problems.