White Paper

DCS Versus PLC: A User's Guide To Selecting The Most Effective Control Platform For Your Application

Source: Revere Control Systems, Inc.

By Bill Butler and Jim Hazelwood, Revere Control Systems


Distributed control systems (DCSs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are not mutually exclusive technologies. When the end-use application serves as the basis for making a sound decision, the selection process becomes more efficient, and a more effective outcome results. This white paper provides general guidelines and highlights key considerations when choosing a control system platform. While the details of each application are critical to the selection process, use the following as a guide when designing, specifying, and implementing controller technology.