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HP Control: Control trends at ACHEMA

With 3,467 exhibitors, 700 papers and 229,000 visitors, ACHEMA '97, held from June 9 to 14 in Frankfurt, is undeniably the world's largest chemical industry event. Instrumentation and control played a..

Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

With 3,467 exhibitors, 700 papers and 229,000 visitors, ACHEMA '97, held from June 9 to 14 in Frankfurt, is undeniably the world's largest chemical industry event. Instrumentation and control played a prominent role at this meeting. Process control systems. “Open systems” was the predominant trend in control systems. Open hardware and software distributed control systems (DCSs) have been touted for several years. Developments in this area have been reported here before: primarily greater use of “off-the-she lf” PC components such as Intel microprocessors and operating systems such as Microsoft Windows NT in DCSs. The trend to open systems is now extending to proc

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