Solomon Benchmarking

Automation Study

It's tough to make the call to upgrade your Distributed Control System (DCS) and other plant automation systems.

On the one hand, it may not be “broken” or obsolete. On the other hand, your current system may be introducing added risk from unplanned outages or poor, abnormal situation management. It may also be creating unnecessary maintenance cost. With Solomon’s 2016 Worldwide DCS/Automation Performance Analysis (Automation Study), you have the ability to see how your peers are handling these issues.

Solomon's goal is to compare the various control system installations and staffing levels of your facility to actual industry data to help you ensure that your DCS and other plant automation systems are in line with others within your industry. This knowledge gives your team valuable guidance on whether you are expending the right amount of effort and capital to stay in line with industry peers and to maintain reliability.

Why choose Solomon's Automation Study?

The Automation Study helps you answer such questions as:

How well does my automation strategy compare?
We give you visibility into how your Distributed Control Systems (DCS), Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Safety Instrumentation Systems (SIS), Plant Historians, on-line instrumentation, and much more compare to your peers.

How do my plant information and control systems infrastructures compare?
The study reviews the structure of your process control and plant information network against actual industry data. With this knowledge you have insight into other practices in the industry to determine if any gaps exist.

Is the industry adopting newer technologies?
This analysis focuses on examining data on where the industry is using Real Time Optimization and other areas of interest.

How does my SIS system and staffing compare?
Learn the extent of implementation of emergency shutdown SIS systems and compare your design, staffing, and testing practices to the rest of the industry.

The Automation Study examines the following:

  • Real-time Optimization (RTO)
  • Advanced Process Control (APC)
  • Data Control System Hardware
  • Regulatory Control
  • Alarm Management
  • On-Stream Analyzers & Inferential
  • Automation Personnel
  • Network Systems for Automation
  • Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Process Data Historian
  • Field Instruments & Field Wiring

The Result

Solomon’s Automation Study optimizes your planning by allowing you to make the most informed decisions when it comes to major budgetary choices regarding your DCS and automation systems. Our team of experienced consultants have real-world experience managing and working in the field of industrial automation and control with an array of companies at diverse sites. You can count on our know-how to ask the right questions to review your operations from the best perspective so that you have the tools you need to remain competitive in a rapidly changing environment.

How It Works

The Automation Study provides industry insight into various risk reduction, process control, and technology review strategies, including strategies involving the following:

  • Cyber security practices
  • Security instrumented systems
  • Process alarm policies
  • Knowledge management plans
  • Operator training simulation
  • Wireless technology use

Knowledge of these strategies gives your planning team the ability to determine whether you are expending the right amount of effort and capital to maintain reliability, improve your processes for better competitive performance, and keep you in line with industry peers.

Participate Today

Solomon's Automation Study can help you find answers to critical questions key to your business success.