Solomon Launches Worldwide Studies to Help Plant Operators Improve Automation and Control Systems

April 18, 2017

Analysts use comparative data to identify opportunities for improvement in advanced process control (APC) and distributed control systems (DCS)

DALLAS – April 18, 2017 – With technology advancing rapidly in automation and control systems for industrial facilities, Solomon Associates, the leading performance improvement company for the global energy industry, announced the launch of its Worldwide Automation Performance Analysis (Automation Study) for operating year 2016. The study provides plant operators with the comprehensive data and analysis necessary to compare their systems with those of the world’s leaders, revealing opportunities to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and drive margins.

The Automation Study serves refineries, chemical plants, gas plants, plastics plants, and other manufacturing facilities in comparing the various control systems’ practices and staffing levels of study participants to proprietary peer data. Participants gain insight into how their facilities’ distributed control systems (DCS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), safety instrumentation systems (SIS), and online instrumentation stack up against the world’s best. The study assesses process alarm policies, practices, and alarm rates to identify the most successful approaches to alarm reduction. Through the study, refiners can also learn which instruments and control applications are most often used by industry leaders, and more.

“Only Solomon can provide clients with non-biased, third-party insight based on actual console data that reveals staffing and which automation and control investments are actually used,” said Mark Smith, project manager for the studies. “We help study participants identify specific gaps versus peers in automation and control applications.”

Interested companies may contact Mark Smith by phone at +1.972.739.1722 or via email at to learn more about Solomon’s APC and Automation Studies. The following links also provide additional study information: