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Process Control Case Histories by Gregory K. McMillan

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What If the Starship Extraprize Had a DCS?

As I reached deep down into my Cracker Jacks box while sitting at the control room console on the graveyard shift, I found an extra prize. It looked just like a starship. My mind started to wander (as it usually does), and in a brilliant flash of bizarre creativity I thought to myself what if the starship Extraprize had a distributed control system?

Captain’s log star date 0625 1988 2204.32: The starship Extraprize ventures out on its first voyage after a major restructuring of its engineering department and installation of a distributed control system (DCS). Our mission is to boldly go where no control engineer has ever gone before.

Captain: Bridge to engineering. Stouty, we are going backwards. Stouty, ...

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