Title: Attributes of industrial machine and process control systems

Authors: N.P. Mahalik

Addresses: Department of Mechatronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, 1 Oryong dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-712, South Korea

Abstract: The design of advanced Machine and Process Control Systems (MPCSs) is highly complex and interdisciplinary in nature involving state-of-the-art technology. Machine and process control design is built on experience of major failures, requirements, optimisation and methodological change. Although, the underlying concepts of run-time architecture have already been firmly established, an exploration is necessary to radically improve the effectiveness as far as integrability is concerned. This paper reviews some of the important attributes of industrial MPCSs. Having a view of flexibility and agility, it is perceived that the MPCSs have a typical set of essential requirements. Especially, attributes such as Resource Conscious Software Development (RCSD), components-based electronic control, Diagnostics and Prognostics (DAP) and Integration of Data and Control Network (IDCN) are mainly discussed.

Keywords: distributed control systems; DCS; machine control; process control; component-based design; diagnostics; network integration; resource conscious software development; RCSD; industrial automation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2006.009397

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2006 Vol.25 No.4, pp.234 - 240

Published online: 28 Mar 2006 *

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