How a modern DCS can enable your digital transformation
Express Pharma|November 2020
PlantPAx 5.0, the latest DCS release from Rockwell Automation, will reduce architectural footprint, drive consistency, streamline workflows, provide robust analytics, and align with international cyber security standards

Producers and manufacturers – operating in industries ranging from pharma, Consumer Packaged Goods, and food and beverage to mining and chemical – are adept at navigating the complexities and challenges of staying competitive.

Producers must strive to protect the bottom line and optimise production by expanding throughput, decreasing downtime, improving consistency, delivering quality, and keeping employees safe. They also must consider the lifecycle costs associated with engineering, inventory, and system maintenance and support.

Throw a worldwide pandemic into the mix, and it becomes clear just how important it is to be as productive and profitable as possible while reducing operational risk.

So how can a process industry producer or manufacturer move beyond the status quo to keep up with industry and technological trends? How can they take their operations to the next level of sophistication and innovation to help achieve success and growth in the short and long term?

A one-size-fits-all solution just won’t cut it anymore. It’s time to get surgical about solutions. Enter: Digital transformation is enabled by the modern distributed control system (DCS).

Digital transformation can be described as modernising, upgrading, or improving operations by integrating digital technology into all areas of your business.

Digital transformation is a fundamental, cultural shift impacting how organizations work, how the plant floor operates, and how value is delivered to customers. It’s about outcomes and meeting ever-changing customer needs. It’s a systemic change for any producer – and that’s why a modern DCS can be a cornerstone of this transformation.

Developing a strategy for your digital transformation means determining objectives and business goals, assessing the system needs to achieve those objectives and planning the execution of your strategy. With competitors investing in technology and transforming their operations, the pressure is on to do your research and make decisions. A good question to start with is, “Do I need an upgrade?”

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