DCS (Distributed Control System)

Although minicomputers have been used in the control of industrial processes since the 1960s, those early computers are a far stretch from the distributed control systems (DCSs) today, which offer wireless options, remote transmission and mobile interfaces. DCSs can be continuous or batch oriented, and are used in applications such as upstream Oil and Gas processing facilities, refining, petrochemicals, power generation, fertilizers, food and beverage manufacturing, and papermaking. DCSs are now centralized at the plant level, giving plant managers the ability to log in to remote equipment.