The installed base of process automation systems that are approaching or have approached the end of their useful life is about $65 billion according to ARC Advisory Group. Most of the project activity in developed regions such as North America and Western Europe revolves around control system migration and modernization. Users making their control system migration decisions are also simultaneously laying the groundwork for their overall future automation strategy for the next decade or more.
Users don't want to replace what they have with more of the same old proprietary technology. That is why we are seeing more FOUNDATION fieldbus popping up in modernization projects around the world. In the latest issue of InTech I have written an article that tackles this subject, as well as some of the key differentiators that FOUNDATION technology can offer. Many solutions today offer alternatives to traditional "Marshalling" techniques for wiring and I/O and so forth. With FOUNDATION fieldbus, we eliminate a lot of that marshaling, wiring, and I/O, we don't try to repackage it. Our block-based structure also means you can put control in the field, which ultimately increases plant reliability and eliminates unplanned shutdowns. Your overall hardware footprint is the smallest compared to any other industry solution.
The old arguments that control in the field is not safe or reliable simply do not hold water. From gas fields to chemical plants to refineries, end users have avoided countless unplanned shutdowns because of control in the field and have saved millions. Read more at the article!