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Blog posted by Katherine Brocklehurst, Belden

There is a great deal of ageing infrastructure in critical industries in drastic need of replacement or upgrade… yet still in use.

Published in:

Electricity+Control, January 2017 (page 4)

Enquiries: Email Katherine.brocklehurst@belden.com

While the opinion expressed in this blog relates to the American situation, it applies to many parts of the world, South Africa included.

The Elephant in the Industrial Control RoomThere is an elephant in the industrial infrastructure control room. Much of the equipment within our US critical infrastructure sectors is at risk of ageing out, needing replacement or upgrade, yet still in production use.

There has to be a way to secure ageing and legacy industrial critical infrastructure, referring particularly, in this case, to water and wastewater plant.

This means industrial networks, endpoints, control systems and various types of specialised systems and production equipment across a number of industries are in drastic need of replacement or upgrade. For water and wastewater treatment, the useful life of system components is estimated to be 15 to 95 years old, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and their report: Failure to Act – The economic impact of current investment trends in water and wastewater treatment infrastructure.

Take note

• Systems and production equipment across a number of industries are in drastic need of replacement or upgrade.
• Think of the processes that must run 24 hours a day and 365 days a year without failing.
• We need to ask ourselves… what elephants lurk in our industrial critical infrastructure control rooms?

Download the full article on The Elephant in the Industrial Control Room in PDF format.

 

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