Control Room Consolidation - Part 1, Operating Factors by Invensys
Manufacturing plant control rooms are a rare place where four variables – technology, work environment, processes, and labor – can be leveraged simultaneously. Consequently, their design and function is often part of a larger strategy to rationalize plant operations, which is often enabled with an upgrade of control and information technologies.
Manufacturing plant control rooms are a rare place where four variables– technology, work environment, processes, and labor – can be leveraged simultaneously. Consequently, their design and function is often part of a larger strategy to rationalize plant operations, which is often enabled with an upgrade of control and information technologies. Ignoring the rationalization effort afforded by the new work environment is a lost opportunity. Part 1 of this two part series by Bob Shepard identifies operating factors to consider when consolidating a group of distributed control rooms or evaluating current control rooms for optimum operational accuracy and efficiency. These include: the role of human factors, understanding the operator’s work environment (including activities in upset conditions and managing fatigue), the need for training, and the supervisor’s role. In Part 2 Shepard explores the design and systemic measures to enhance productivity while satisfying needs for process safety and risk management.
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In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.