Bernie Anger, General Manager of Control and Communication Systems at GE Intelligent Platforms, answers, “Why modernize?” The key reason is to take advantage of advanced analytics and bringing better information to people in the context of the work they have to do in the next 10 years.
The traditional way of trying to justify modernization of control equipment is around a fear factor. Your equipment is now old. It's going to stop working. Frankly, our industry is pretty good at maintenance and making stuff work and work and work. As I walk around plants, I see equipment that is 20 years old and still functioning like on day one. So why do it? Why modernize?