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COMPUTER INTEGRATION, AND OPEN SYSTEMS WERE STARS AT INTERKAMA/ISA
Real Time Process Management Solutions - that's the new buzz phrase coming out of the Fisher/Rosemount merger (C&I, October 1992, page 12). Whilst the phrase spells out the new group's system acronym, RTM/1, it's also what most clued-up observers have for some time been perceiving as the next step beyond DCS.
It's all about computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), but at all levels. One remembers Foxboro's Intelligent Automation, launched back in 1987 - with its vision of CIM through open systems and intelligent instrumentation - as an early example. Clearly, the PLCs versus DCSs debate is now very passe (neither term has adequately described …