Distributed Control Systems are the heart of plant-level digitalization in the process and hybrid industries. They ensure high availability of the production processes, thus maximizing asset utilization, increasing process efficiency and ensuring product quality. DCS is key to the energy and the fourth industrial revolution, enabling safe, smart and sustainable production of goods that enhance the day-to-day lives of people around the world. As an integration platform, ABB’s DCS improves engineering efficiency, operator performance and asset management, and integrates electrification, instrumentation, automation and telecommunications. DCS are key to helping process industries producers become more productive and profitable.
As an integration platform, ABB’s DCS is also an electrical control system, a safety system, and a collaboration tool that improves engineering efficiency, operator performance and overall asset management. The DCS also enables ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations to automatically analyze and derive predictive maintenance and performance enhancement actions that customer and ABB experts employ to improve operations.
ABB’s DCS systems and best-in-class single channel Select I/O have proved a strong combination for customers. With the new approach to engineering large capital projects and digital marshalling, it provides maximum flexibility and resilience to late changes, reducing capital cost, schedule and footprint.
The company is also actively involved in industry bodies and user associations such as the Open Process Automation™ Forum, NAMUR, and OPC Foundation, which ensures customer-focused technology development and collaborative industry leadership.