Machine Design

Combining IT and Controls Engineering Yields Good Results

Companies that merge IT and controls-engineering groups are becoming more efficient and shortening their project timelines, according to a study by Rockwell Automation Inc., Milwaukee.

The study of responses from more than 300 control engineers and IT professionals identified management involvement as the most effective factor in convergence. It also found that those responsible for IT tend to be more aggressive than controls engineers in bringing the two groups together.

The survey also revealed unexpected benefits in security, visibility across plants, disaster recovery, and reduced system complexity due to improved designs.

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