Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017

12–14, June 2017, Birmingham

GAMBICA is pleased to announce that it will be presenting a Poster at the Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017 event run by the IChemE on 12-14th June 2017 in Birmingham. Details can be found at:

The event focuses on new challenges, technologies and solutions and GAMBICA will present the poster with copies of the paper entitled: “How will the fourth industrial revolution change process manufacturing for the better. An Industry Perspective.”

The abstract is detailed below:

GAMBICA is a Trades Associations representing 75% of the UK process automation and instrument companies. Whilst the fourth industrial revolution tends to focus today on discrete manufacturing, its relevance has not escaped the notice of our process members or the changing environments in which they operate, both physically and virtually.

TC65, the international technical standards committee working on details for Industry 4.0 (I4.0), recently published a draft specification entitled “Smart Manufacturing – Reference Architecture Model Industry 4.0 (RAMI4.0)”.

A review of the RAMI4.0 architecture model reveals a new formal structure but is still heavily reliant on existing standards. The key ones being:

• IEC 62264-1 or ISA 95 – the system hierarchy and interoperability model or Enterprise-Control System  Integratio

• IEC 61512-1 or ISA 88 – the batch model

What becomes interesting as you read these documents is that the Process Industries have been operating with similar protocols for many years. So, we could assume that only now are the discrete manufacturing industries catching up.

Distributed Control Systems (DCS), using Advanced Process Control features plus integration into large ERP systems have been implemented across the process manufacturing arena for nearly 20 years. These requirements have been driven by the regulatory requirements to provide for full traceability of products within the pharmaceutical, food, beverage and petrochemical industries along with continuing improvements in quality and yield.

The fourth industrial revolution has given a shot in the arm to innovators operating around the core processes. Big data and cloud based forensic styled data analysis are beginning to show benefits in operational and maintenance efficiencies. Then there is the move towards different business models driven by the technologies with Servitisation being one of the key ideals.

This paper takes an industrial process automation perspective and reflects on how the process industry integrated automation and management systems developed to where they are today, where we are going, how long it will take and what will it cost.

We look forward to supporting this event and hope you will be able to join us.