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Industry News Roundup: Challenges in Integrating Automation

ARC Advisory Group posted highlights of its recent ARC Industry Forum to their website. Several sessions focused on the “ongoing automation challenges facing end users across a variety of industrial sectors.” Many of the challenges faced by plant operators involved managing increasingly complex systems – especially when dealing with multiple generations of automation implemented in different stages of a plant’s expansion or refurbishing. 


The result is an increasingly varied number of automation technologies deployed in plant settings. While automation professionals recognize the value of automation processes, many people outside of an infrastructure’s automation community do not understand the value of automation or take it for granted. According to ARC Advisory Group, the automation community needs to understand how to communicate the benefits of automation to senior decision makers and other stakeholders.

Moore Industries’ products help companies solve challenges in integrating diverse automation solutions – including plant expansions where installing additional wiring is cost-prohibitive or not possible. A prime example is the NCS NET Concentrator System, which provides a real-time signal gateway between the field or factory floor and your control strategy and is the ideal solution when you need to network new and existing “legacy” process sensors, instruments and final control elements with computer-based monitoring and control systems.

Other Recent Industry News:

Automation World has a piece on the rise of the Field Device Tool (FDT) standard to help establish “a common communication method between field devices and control or monitoring systems that are used to configure, operate, maintain and diagnose intelligent field instrumentation in both factory and process automation applications.”  Moore Industries’ THZ3 and TDZ3 Dual Input Smart HART Temperature Transmitters are HART & DTM Programmable with user-oriented basic configuration for fast and accurate setup. They can be programmed or monitored with any FDT compliant host or program, such as PACTware, utilizing our DTM.

Control Engineering explored how using wireless transmitters to take measurements such as flow, pressure, temperature and level in hazardous areas can reduce the time, expense and difficulty associated with installing and maintaining traditional two-wire or fieldbus transmitters.