Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., in an unconventional move, is installing User Configurable Open Systems (UCOS), supplied by Control Systems International, as the primary SCADA master station and data historian. The system is expected to monitor operations, including the pipeline's leak detection system, and enable operators to control oil movement via object-oriented interfaces and real-time displays. For more information, visit www.csiks.com/pipelines/homepl.htm.
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