Process Management Systems

Process management systems generally are used to run technical systems. The term was coined in the 1970s when the first proprietary systems for managing refineries and crackers came into being. These systems were both hardware- and software-encapsulated and were tailored to the special demands of the respective applications. Data exchange occurred exclusively within the system.

Until then, the NAMUR level model was the organizational plan for process management technology. The process management system therefore finds itself at the lowest level of the process management level. Communication between the levels is increasingly gaining importance. In this area, the systems also grow closer and closer together. Transitions are fluid. On the production level, an MES should be implemented as a management system.

Principal Structure of a Process Management System

The typical structure of today’s decentralized process management systems.