Many chemical processes can be complex and depend on the Distributed Control System (DCS) to prepare teams to adopt with confidence new innovations that will drive lower costs, while speeding the development and startup of new process areas or plants. The backbone of innovation are the supporting standards to ensure consistency and robustness of new solutions to age old challenges. To put this into perspective, we will start with a quick look back of how standards have influenced today’s DCS, and then we will focus on the standards being developed now such as Modular Type Package (MTP) and Power Over Ethernet (PoE) that will drive innovations to make the DCS even more nimble and easier to implement than it is today.
Stacey Jarlsberg
Product Manager, Process Automation, Siemens
Stacey Jarlsberg is a process automation technical expert with over 35 years providing process and control engineering assistance to a wide segment of the controls market. During the past 17 years, Stacey has been providing DCS solutions for Siemens. Before that, Stacey spent 9 years in the US Navy aboard ships and nuclear-powered submarines. He was responsible for reactor operations and maintenance, and it was here that he developed a passion for automation.
Scott Jenkins
Senior Editor, Chemical Engineering Magazine
Scott Jenkins has been an editor at Chemical Engineering since 2009. Prior to joining CE, Scott worked in various capacities as a science journalist and communications specialist, reporting and writing on a variety of sectors, including chemical processing, biotechnology, pharmaceutical manufacturing and research policy. He also has industry experience as a quality assurance chemist and research experience as a synthetic organic chemist. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University, and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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