Improved programming and interfaces are making it easier for end users to marry process control, asset management and diagnostic data
As the chemical process industries (CPI) continue to focus on improving operations and lowering costs, interest in process automation diagnostics, which can play a critical role in helping processors reduce maintenance spending, continues. “Processors are beginning to realize that good diagnostics can help them reduce their overall costs,” says Moin Sheikh, marketing manager with Siemens Energy and Automation (Spring House, Pa.). Coupled with the nearly limitless potential and growing acceptance for accessing data wirelessly, the spark of interest has prompted vendors to include technologies with improved logic, diagnostic data that is easier to exploit, and systems and services that help end users assimilate the plethora of data into their work processes....
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