June 2007

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HP Integration Strategies: The state of fieldbus in process automation—Part 2

Real benefits are in operational costs. While we know that benefits can be achieved in the installed cost side of the equation, the life cycle and operational benefits are where the real value lies fo..

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

Real benefits are in operational costs. While we know that benefits can be achieved in the installed cost side of the equation, the life cycle and operational benefits are where the real value lies for fieldbus. Tighter control of the process, higher availability, avoiding incidents and reduced maintenance costs can result in millions saved. For a large oil and gas/refining company, even a 1% improvement in asset utilization can equal millions in savings. At the root of all this is the ability of fieldbus to provide an extremely deep level of finely detailed information that can help implement a truly predictive maintenance strategy—identifying problems before they become problems and i

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