Benefits of manufacturing control standards: A roadmap for automation

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This paper explains the purpose and benefits of ISA’s S88 standard and its role as both an engineering guideline and an often overlooked management tool that can be used to reduce cost and improve the way a manufacturing process operates.

From Rockwell Automation

BECAUSE detailed description of the standard’s underlying technology frequently obscures the intrinsic value of the standard itself, this paper is not intended to be a tutorial on S88 technology. Rather, the intent is to help readers understand what S88 is and where it is useful or, perhaps, essential. The focus of this paper is on how it can be used to reduce cost and improve the way a manufacturing process operates. 

Why S88 is important is emphasized along with how it can serve as a common language for better communication about automation opportunities and manufacturing requirements. It includes ways this modular and internally consistent standard can help reduce engineering cost and serve as a management tool, ways it can be used to help control capital expenditure, enable more precise definition of operational requirements, identify what should and should not be automated and aid in definition of optimum levels of automation. 

Lastly, this paper discusses the compatibility of S88 concepts with the new ANSI/ISA S95 standard for Enterprise -- Control System Integration and how the two standards complement each other. It explains why the S88 approach enables much more predictable manufacturing activities and correspondingly better scheduling and why that and other S88 benefits are enhanced by better connectivity with manufacturing IT and corporate business systems.

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