Four Examples of Evolved Industrial Control Room

By Richard Phillips, director of smart manufacturing with Polytron, Inc. and CSIA member.

Programmable control systems such as PLC and DCS systems have been around for 50+ years with improvements being made each year courtesy of faster processors, more memory and greater functionality. The key trends that we are seeing related to control systems are not so much about the control-system technology itself, but more affected by changes with skilled labor availability and emerging Industry 4.0 technologies.

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