Future Trends in Process Automation

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The importance of automation in the process industries has increased dramatically in recent years. In the highly industrialized countries, process automation serves to enhance product quality, master the whole range of products, improve process safety and plant availability, efficiently utilize resources and lower emissions. In the rapidly developing countries, mass production is the main motivation for applying process automation. The greatest demand for process automation is in the chemical industry, power generating industry, and petrochemical industry; the fastest growing demand for hardware, standard software and services of process automation is in the pharmaceutical industry.

The importance of automation technology continues to increase in the process industries. The traditional barriers between information, communication and automation technology are, in the operational context, gradually disappearing. The latest technologies, including wireless networks, fieldbus systems and asset management systems, boost the efficiency of process systems. New application fields like biotechnology and microtechnology pose challenges for future theoretical work in the modeling, analysis and design of control systems. In this paper the industry trends that are shaping current automation requirements, as well as the future trends in process automation, are presented and discussed.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalIFAC PROCEEDINGS VOLUMES
Volume40
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIFAC Symposium on Cost Oriented Automation - Habana, Cuba
Duration: 12 Feb 200714 Feb 2007
Conference number: 8

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  • Process Automation,Future trends, Emerging Areas

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