Industrial Automation

Upcoming PlantPAx DCS System Release Addresses Industry Challenges throughout Plant Lifecycle

From the control room to the board room, process system users face persistent challenges. Traditional and proprietary DCS systems are limited in their ability to modernize, which introduces risks and costs. Keeping equipment online can be difficult with limited system capabilities. Driving business improvements can be complicated and costly without access to key information.

Announced at the Process Solutions User Group (PSUG) event, the latest release of the PlantPAx distributed control system (DCS) drives a modern approach to solving industry challenges throughout each phase of the plant lifecycle. The release is planned for the summer of 2020.

Experience productivity gains in all areas of the plant with a simplified approach to control system strategies with PlantPAx 5.0 DCS. In this release, Rockwell Automation introduces state-of-the-art process controllers that improve scalability and skid integration as well as provide a simplified, low-cost architecture due to higher controller performance. Embedded native process objects help reduce engineering costs and drive consistency in projects. New cybersecurity capabilities and system certifications help ensure safer and more secure operation.

“We have listened to a wide range of customers, including members of our customer advisory board, who identified the key issues driving their lifecycle costs,” said Jim Winter, director, Global Process Business, Rockwell Automation. “With PlantPAx 5.0, we extended the capability of our modern DCS approach and added innovative capabilities to deliver a smarter, higher performance, more cost effective, future-proofed system.”