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Dick Hill, vice president and general manager of manufacturing advisory services at ARC Advisory Group, has 40 years of experience in manufacturing and automation. As a process engineer, he gained experience in oil refinery operations and applications of advanced process control. He has been with ARC since 1995. Mr. Hill is a graduate of Lowell Technological Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts, and holds a BS degree in chemical engineering. He has completed post-graduate courses in network technologies and relational database structures at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Over 30 years ago, the first distributed control system (DCS) technology appeared in commercial operations. These early (first-generation) DCSs brought about some fundamental changes to move from anal..
For the past decade or more, manufacturing has been fixated on three things: reduced costs, reduced headcounts and eliminating poor-performing businesses. No wonder that automation metrics, if availab..
As manufacturing plants become increasingly automated and are required to produce more with less, the requirement for operators to be prepared for all circumstances will only increase. Based in part..
Almost since the beginning of the concept of automatic control, there have been process alarms. For most process plants, automatic control has progressed far beyond early control devices that operated..
Tackling the problems of knowledge management (KM) is a bit like tackling world hunger. KM pervades all aspects of almost every manufacturing enterprise. Our recent survey on the subject confirmed tha..
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ARC estimates that roughly $65 billion worth of automation systems presently installed are at the end of their traditional life cycle. To make the decision to migrate to newer process a..
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