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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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.