Seminars & Meetings | Abstracts

November 30, 2009

Paul McLaughlin
Director of Architecture

Honeywell Process Solutions
System Architecture for Process Automation: Review and Trends


New developments in information technologies are radically transforming process automation. Their impact and benefit derive both from these technologies individually and from their convergence in new system architecture concepts. This talk reviews how process automation system architectures have evolved and discusses future trends. We draw an analogy between the synergistic new technologies being developed today and the technology landscape of the early 1970scharacterized by the near-simultaneous appearance of microprocessors, communication networks, CRT displaysthat resulted in the first DCS systems (in particular, the Honeywell TDC2000). Emerging technologies highlighted include wireless, embedded devices, service-oriented architecture, and application infrastructures.


Paul McLaughlin is the Director of System Architecture for Honeywell Process Solutions, leading a global Architecture team . Paul holds a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania for Computer Information Science, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Delaware in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Paul has 30 years of experience in industrial automation working at both Honeywell Process Solutions and Leeds and Northrup. His experience includes both senior architecture and design projects, as well as departmental management of a 125 person design center.

Paul’s significant design projects include lead HPS architect for ExperionPKS™, lead HPS architect for OneWireless™ , lead architect for Honeywell’s PlantScape Hybrid Control and SCADA System, and various TDC-3000 designs. Paul has been awarded 18 patents, with an additional 7 patents pending. He is 6 Sigma Green Belt Certified and Rational Unified Process Trained.