An aging electrical control system can lead to unplanned downtime and safety risks. When the time comes to replace it, make sure to choose your strategy wisely.
Some companies opt to simply replace their legacy system with a newer version of the same technology. While this approach may deliver improved system reliability, shouldn’t you get more from such a major infrastructure investment?
Especially today as industrial operations become more digitized, replacing one hard-wired solution with another can leave you at a competitive disadvantage as your competitors go digital.
That’s why you should consider unifying your electrical and process control systems into one infrastructure. By unifying these two systems – and their data – into one digital operating environment, you can gain deeper visibility into your plant-wide operations. This can help you increase asset utilization, better manage energy usage, improve maintenance and more.
One company, for example, implemented a digital system to unify control data. This move cut equipment failure-related downtime by 27 percent and maintenance troubleshooting by 35 percent.
Unify and Digitize
The traditional approach – having separate electrical and process control systems – comes with challenges. You have more vendors to manage, duplicate visualization and reporting platforms and limited access to electrical device data.
Unifying these systems with intelligent packaged power can simplify your supply chain and your operations. It can also reduce the potential for integration challenges that can come with using different technologies from multiple suppliers.
But perhaps more importantly, a unified system that’s built on a digital foundation can help your workers make smarter, faster decisions.