Foxboro seeks control room most in need of a makeover

Foxboro, MA—The Foxboro Automation unit of Invensys Process Systems is seeking the control room in a North American process plant that is most in need of a complete design and equipment makeover.

06/28/2005


Foxboro, MA— The Foxboro Automation unit of Invensys Process Systems is seeking the control room in a North American process plant that is most in need of a complete design and equipment makeover. The winning company will receive a reality TV-style makeover with a total estimated value of up to $350,000. Foxboro will announce the winner of the control room makeover at ISA Expo, Oct. 25-27, in Chicago.

The makeover will include professional control room design by User Centered Design Services, a consulting company focused on effective control room design and operations; a conceptual design solution walkthrough video from Smith LaRock, a professional services firm that provides planning, architecture, and interior design services; a new operator console from Wright Line, a manufacturer of consoles, enclosures, and other furniture for technology-intensive environments; Foxboro workstation and monitor upgrades; and appropriate Invensys engineering, alarm management, and training services.

“The control room is the critical operations nerve center in a process plant,” says Paul Steinitz, Foxboro Automation’s marketing director. “Here, the operators routinely make decisions that impact plant safety, availability, and performance. With this in mind, it's surprising how many control rooms are so obviously in need of an upgrade, either because the ergonomics are poor, the environment is not conducive to good decision-making, the control system is obsolete, the alarm sub-system needs to be rationalized, or a combination of these problems.

'While we're certainly trying to have some fun by launching this TV-reality-show-inspired 'makeover' campaign, we also hope to draw attention to the above situation and encourage North America's brownfield process plants to take the necessary steps to empower their operators by upgrading their control rooms.'

Potential candidates are encouraged to send photos of their control rooms, along with a control room description and their specific 'makeover' goals and objectives to Foxboro, where an expert team of judges will choose the control room most in need of a functional and cosmetic upgrade.

For more information, or to submit an entry, visit www.foxboro.com/crm2 .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor
jmontague@reedbusiness.com





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