Dow Chemical Co. has chosen Siemens' S7 distributed control system for its R&D labs. Read the release: ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2008 - Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. today announced that the SIMATIC® PCS 7 distributed control system (DCS) has been adopted by The Dow Chemical Company's research & development department as its new standard for Laboratory Process Control applications worldwide. The announcement follows the completion of several successful test projects using the PCS 7 Box system at Dow R&D sites in Midland, Michigan.; Freeport, Texas: and Terneuzen, Netherlands. The projects were critical first steps in the process to replace Dow's aging systems with commercially available technology. "Overall, the lab automation team selected PCS 7 as the preferred solution for the automation of Dow R&D laboratory systems because of the best balance between flexibility, functionality, supportability and cost-effective scalability for small reactor systems," said Clark Dressen, Dow senior R&D leader. "We were impressed not only with the robust and reliable hardware, detailed diagnostics, and powerful programming tools, but also by the excellent technical support. As part of the transition, Siemens is also helping us develop enhanced libraries and tools and document best practices to help researchers increase their productivity." "We look forward to working with Dow to upgrade its existing R&D systems," said Andreas Aufenanger, general manager, Process Automation Systems, Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc. "The PCS 7 Box system is an ideal fit for Dow's global R&D network."