The abbreviation DCS stands for Distributed Control System. The first DCS generation originates from the seventies and these systems have to be replaced and/or renewed (upgraded) by now. In technical jargon, this is often called migration. As an independent supplier, IAP can provide you with advice about the choice of suppliers, the selection of systems, migration strategies, incorporation of fieldbus systems, implementation / development of software and the actual implementation.
In most cases, a DCS migration will have to be executed during a short plant stop. As a consequence, there is no time for corrections and/or adaptations during the migration. Therefore, an extensive test procedure is of crucial importance. Often the operator training is underestimated, which could lead to a problematic start after the migration.
The challenge of a proper DCS migration is even bigger when a company selects another DCS supplier during the migration. In such a case, it is advisable to call in a consultant who is acquainted with both the old and the new technology. This way, possible problems and “show-stoppers’ can be indicated in advance. Furthermore, the new DCS system can be set up in such a way that the migration is just a minimal alteration for the operators.