...somebody at Rockwell <u>was</u> listening!

Today I received a fantastic white paper from Rockwell's Process Automation Divison...it is an excellent S88 tutorial, even though it says it is not. What I mean is that it is a great "how to use this standard" paper, not a technology primer.

Benefits of manufacturing control standards: A roadmap for automation

"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." You can read the rest of it here. This is the sort of hugely valuable non-commercial reference material Rockwell has been hiding under rocks and bushel baskets. I'll take all they can pass along! Walt

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