What is a distributed control system (DCS)


What is a distributed control system (DCS)

March 12, 2022 12 2

A Distributed Control System (DCS) is a type of control system used in industrial automation applications. It is a computerized control system used to control and monitor complex industrial processes, such as chemical plants, power plants, and oil refineries.

DCS typically consist of a central control room and a distributed network of controllers and input/output devices located throughout the plant or process. The controllers communicate with each other and the central control room using a communication network, allowing for real-time monitoring and control of the entire process.

DCS are designed to be highly reliable and fault-tolerant, with redundant controllers and communication networks to ensure continuous operation even in the event of a component failure. They are also highly scalable, allowing for the addition or removal of controllers and input/output devices as needed to accommodate changes in the process.

Overall, DCS provide a powerful tool for optimizing industrial processes, improving safety, and increasing efficiency.

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