Emerson has released DeltaV IO.CONNECT, a new subscription software service designed to help plants simplify modernization with an open architecture pathway that makes it possible to transition to more efficient control schemes without the need to completely overhaul existing infrastructure. In a traditional plant with tens of thousands of I/O points and many controllers, this can save hundreds or thousands of hours of labor and up to 40% of the capital required for a total rip-and-replace upgrade. Many plants still using control systems from 20 or 30 years ago are unable to reap the benefits of modern, digital technologies that optimize operations and improve sustainability. Modernizing those systems is complicated by the extensive time, labor, and capital expense required to convert the old wiring, terminations, and other infrastructure they are built upon, leaving plants “locked in” to legacy control technologies and expensive service contracts. DeltaV IO.CONNECT provides a faster, easier, more cost-effective path to replacing any legacy system with a new DeltaV distributed control system while leaving existing I/O infrastructure in place. The solution is provisioned as a subscription software component of Emerson’s Guardian™ Support offering, helping plants remain always up-to-date, driving strategic goals and meeting business needs with future-proof operation. No legacy vendor software is required for configuration and maintenance of I/O.
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