EC: PlantESP: Loop Performance Monitoring v2.0
Software - Diagnostics: PlantESP is a plant-wide monitoring and optimization solution that isolates underperforming PID controllers and provides recommendations for improving them. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Awards Honorable Mention.
PlantESP from Control Station makes is easier for engineers to deliver consistent and profitable control. With 100s or even 1,000s of control loops, identifying poorly performing controllers presents a challenge. PlantESP identifies those under performing PIDs automatically, and it guides users to a quick resolution.
Version 2 includes new interaction analysis tools for identifying the root-cause of performance issues, and enhanced reporting tools keep users aware of plant-wide trends that could negatively impact production and profitability.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey