What is a Distributed Control System (DCS)?

A Distributed Control System or DCS is a computerized system that automates industrial equipment used in continuous and batch processes, while reducing the risk to people and the environment.

Distributed Control Systems are found across a wide range of applications including mining extraction, transportation and processing, chemical manufacturing plants, water and wastewater treatment, electric power generation plants, and pharmaceutical processing facilities.

DCS explained

Making a world of difference to industry

The DCS is seen as the central brain of the plant, as it controls, automates and co-ordinates almost all aspects of production, to help optimize productivity, ensure quality and improve sustainability.

Process Automation System vision

ABB envisions Process Automation Systems of the future will empower industries to compete in a fast-changing world by continuing to deliver adaptable, reliable, integrated, modular and secure automation solutions. 

Automation – the brain of industrial operations

For more than a century, automation systems have been central to enabling the operation of industries that provide the basic building blocks of our everyday lives – energy, power, water, metals, minerals, chemicals, and transportation.

In this episode of The Process Automation Podcast, host and engineering enthusiast Fran Scott speaks to Bernhard Eschermann, Chief Technology Officer at ABB Process Automation, and Mike Williams, automation consultant and ARC affiliate, about the key role of automation systems in enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future.

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