Upgrading control systems involves moving from an earlier generation of system to the current state of the art. Also called migration, this could be the biggest single issue many process and batch automation system end users face today.
ARC Advisory Group estimates that the combined value of the installed base of automation systems now reaching the end of their useful lives is approximately $65 billion. This represents a big opportunity for end users in the chemical process industries and their automation suppliers alike.
In Part 1 of this three-part series, we discussed the driving forces for system migration. In Part 2, we discuss several different approaches and the respective benefits and challenges of each approach.