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HP Integration Strategies: Standard-based interoperability is key for terminal automation systems

The highly complex, dynamic and multi-faceted operational nature of tank farms and petroleum product terminals, combined with the environmental and price sensitivity of the products being handled, req..

Miller, Paul, ARC Advisory Group

The highly complex, dynamic and multi-faceted operational nature of tank farms and petroleum product terminals, combined with the environmental and price sensitivity of the products being handled, requires a special breed of automation systems. A good terminal automation system (TAS) must combine the powerful IT-enabled application, information processing and transactional capabilities of the back-office, enterprise-level business systems, with the real-time performance, determinism, nonstop availability, and specialized physical packaging of industrial process control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems. It must be:• Open enough to interface with any n

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