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Upgrading Your DCS: Why You May Need to Do It Sooner Than You Think

As the next generation of Distributed Control Systems (DCS) becomes firmly established in the marketplace, each manufacturer must face the issue of upgrading. DCS vendors already have plans to phase out support of many current platforms, so it's critical that you develop your own plan for moving forward. The most proactive plants already have a plan in place, while others may continue scavenging for spare parts to keep their existing controllers alive for as long as possible. Of course, every control system has a limited lifespan and must be upgraded eventually. The big question is when. While waiting until the system's useful life ends may seem like the sound financial decision, it may actually be better to upgrade sooner than later.

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