The water and wastewater industry has been dominated by automation based on programmable logic controllers working in tandem with SCADA. However, newer systems that better blend those aspects provide improved intelligence. As a result, plant operators aren’t required to maintain a separate engineering station to control strategy as well as the HMI.
This is comparable to using Office 365, where multiple programs can be launched from one environment, instead of previous renditions of Microsoft Office where programs such as Excel and Word needed to be launched separately.
In this Water Talk interview at WEFTEC 2019, Charlie Fialkowski of Siemens Process Automation discusses the way this new technology reduces complexity so users don’t feel handcuffed to a local service provider.
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