It’s a distributed control system. After some research, I figured out the top DCS systems in the world like Yokogawa, ABB, GE, etc.
As the name suggests, a distributed control system (DCS) is a computerized control system for a process or plant usually with many control loops.
The number of loops in one DCS system is not predefined, it is dependent on the plant’s requirement.
One DCS system can have many plc. under it for smaller loops to control. However, the whole system is known as DCS.
The vendors of DCS make the system according to the requirements of the plant. The top vendors of DCS are the same as plc which are as below: –
List of top DCS vendors
|No||Company||Name of DCS System|
|1||ABB|| Ability™ System 800xA,|
Ability™ Symphony® Plus,
|7||Schneider Electric||EcoStruxure Foxboro|
|8||General Electric||Mark VIe|
Popular DCS according to industries
|Oil and Gas||Emerson, Hopewell|
|Pharmaceutical||Emerson, Siemens, Rockwell|
|Pulp and Paper||Valmet|
Overview of Top DCS system
ABB is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future.
By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels.
With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 110,000 talented employees in over 100 countries.
ABB is market Number one market leader in DCS technology as per the latest information we get. Holding an overall market share of 19.2%.
1. Ability™ System 800xA
System 800xA DCS boasts 10,000 installed systems in over 100 countries, monitoring and controlling over 50 million tags.
DCS products, solutions, and services for continuous and batch process industries.
The power and reliability of ABB’s Distributed Control System (DCS) is a user-friendly, easy-to-install, operate and maintain, cost-effective, robust solution that is ideal for all process industries.
2. ABB Ability™ Symphony
ABB Ability™ Symphony DCS is specially designed for the Power Plant and Water industries. ABB Ability™ Symphony® Plus controls installed in 50,000 MW of power plants since its 2011 introduction.
3. Freelance DCS
Freelance is a DCS solution provided by ABB. Freelance has its advantages over DCS and PLC. It runs on a small footprint of PLC but provides the full function of DCS.
YOKOGAWA is another top-class industrial automation company. YOKOGAWA is providing popular DCS solutions called CentumVP. CentumVP DCS solution is adopted by many companies around the world.
Commons Architecture of CentumVP
Download the Manual of CentumVP
Emerson is also another well-known company in the field of industrial automation. The company is also providing DCS solutions for industries. The Emerson DCS system is divided into two parts.
DeltaV DCS system is made for providing automation in process industries and the Ovation DCS system is made for providing automation solutions in Power and Water industries.
1. DeltaV by Emerson
The DeltaV DCS for process industries harnesses today’s predictive technologies in an easy, intuitive, and interoperable way.
2. Ovation by Emerson
Emerson’s five decades of power and water expertise embedded within the Ovation™ distributed control system offers a reliable and innovative platform that safely evolves with technology to ensure plant availability and profitability.
Siemens is another popular brand in the automation market and Siemens also provides Top level automation solutions for industries.
PCS7 is a popular DCS solution provided by siemens companies to the industries. Siemens has two DCS solutions.
Having automated with SPPA-T3000 more than 3,000 units worldwide are installed by siemens.
Honeywell is another major name in the industrial automation domain. Honeywell also provides DCS solutions for small and mid-level industries. The name of Honeywell DCS is Experion LX.
Download Manual Experion LX
6. Rockwell Automation
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation is a major company related to industrial automation. Rockwell automation comes with a DCS solution name with PlantPAx.
PlantPAx is a DCS solution provided by Rockwell Automation. PlantPAx5.0 is the latest updated version of DCS.
7. Schneider Electric
About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is another major company in the industrial automation domain and provides dedicated process control solutions in industries.
EcoStruxure Foxboro DCS is an innovative family of fault-tolerant, highly available control components, that consolidate critical information and elevate staff capabilities to ensure flawless, continuous plant operation.
8. General Electric
The Mark VIe Distributed Control System (DCS) is a flexible platform for multiple applications. It features high-speed, networked I/O for simplex, dual, and triple-redundant systems.
Industry-standard Ethernet communications are used for I/O, controllers, and supervisory interface to operator and maintenance stations and third-party systems.
About Integrated Plant Control
GE’s Integrated Plant Control DCS (Distributed Control System) is a solution for managing complex plant processes in an efficient, consistent, and secure way.
Enhance the operation of key subsystems by reacting instantly to changing load demands and continually maintaining ideal conditions at every stage of the Water/Steam Cycle.
Leverage high-performance plant control logic combined with comprehensive fail-safe protection, self-testing, and fault reporting to help reduce costs, and improve safety.
PMSX is another DCS platform for industrial automation and process control. Mitsubishi is another automation vendor in the market. Mitsubishi DCS comes in two categories according to industrial needs.
- PMSX PRO
- PMSX Micro
Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries.
Valmet DNA is a single Distributed Control System (DCS) for all process automation needs. It gives you complete control of all your processes and provides user experience and transparency that goes far beyond traditional automation systems.
11. Nexus Controls
Nexus Controls, a Baker Hughes business (formerly known as GE Energy Control Solutions), has a proven history of delivering dependable, cost-effective distributed control systems (DCS) across a broad range of industries.
DCS is the most advanced control strategy used in the industry and vendors of DCS are limited.
As an instrument and control engineer, I will suggest you learn and gather knowledge about DCS because basic knowledge of DCS gives you an advantage in your professional life.
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Updated on: -22/07/202