ARC’s new Collaborative Process Automation System (CPAS) study is going to be ready soon, and you can get a preview of some of they elements of CPAS at the ARC Forum next week,. Owner/operators in today’s process industries require automation systems that can help maximize their return on assets to achieve business advantage, while reducing the cost and effort to operate safely, securely, and reliably. CPAS is ARC’s vision of such a system.
ARC introduced the CPAS concept over a decade ago in response to requests from several large, well-known owner/operators that were having difficulty evaluating the capabilities of the then-current Distributed Control Systems (DCS) to meet their evolving business requirements. ARC concluded that the problems were not insurmountable, nor were they technology-constrained. In fact, most of the functionality required had already been developed, with much of it commercially available — just not from a single automation supplier.
Version 3.0 of the CPAS study provides a detailed explanation of the guiding principles behind CPAS, the architecture, key enabling technologies and standards, and — most importantly — the business-enhancing applications that provide the core CPAS benefits. ARC has also updated the report to reflect new requirements, as well as new enabling technologies and standards that have emerged since the last update to the report in 2010. We also provide a vision of where we see CPAS headed.
At the Forum you can attend several sessions that will discuss CPAS, including “The Automation Challenge Continues” session on Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM. This session will feature senior automation professionals who will present their respective visions as to what is needed in their automation to further improve their companies’ competitive position (and make their own lives a lot less stressful). The goal is to create a discussion that transcends this Forum and ultimately leads to even more useful functionality so, “it just happens”.
On Wednesday morning we have a session titled “Modern Process Automation Systems Offer More than Just Process Control” where users will discuss real-world experiences in utilizing the capabilities of CPAS for new sites as well as for upgrades to existing sites to help provide rapid return on their investments. The session will include an open panel discussion with audience participation. The representatives from operating companies in the audience will be able to ask questions and also share their own experiences for the benefit of attendees.