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HP Automation Strategies: New modular control architectures offer potential to increase end-user value

With few exceptions, control architecture in the process industries has changed little over the past 40 years.

Gupta, M. S., ARC Advisory Group

With few exceptions, control architecture in the process industries has changed little over the past 40 years. However, advances in processing power, network technologies and software will enable greater value for end users in the near future by changing the way controllers are implemented and interfaced to the field. ARC Advisory Group believes that these new controller architectures, which support our evolving collaborative process automation system (CPAS) vision, will improve simplicity, flexibility and efficiency. Tightly coupled With few exceptions, the basic architecture of a process (distributed control system, or DCS) or discrete (programmable logic controller, or PLC) control sys

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