Semantic Designs Signs Process Control Software Reengineering Contract With
The Dow Chemical Company's Migration From Its Proprietary MOD 5 to Standard
Industrial Controllers Will be Enabled by Semantic Designs Custom Software
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Semantic Designs
(SD) has signed a contract with The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW) to enable
Dow to capture the process control application used in its facilities
worldwide as part of the company's ongoing commitment to industry leadership
in safety, reliability and quality.
More than 30 years ago, Dow embarked on a path to develop and implement
standardized, highly integrated Process Automation systems incorporating basic
process control, process information, and safety instrumented systems
functionality. The vision for the future was and remains to implement
manufacturing operating discipline focused on safety and operation excellence,
accomplished by utilizing standard applications and platforms, and adapting to
specific business, process technology, and regional requirements. Based on
what Dow wanted to accomplish, and a lack of commercial offerings at that
time, Dow developed several proprietary solutions, including a process control
system that came to be known as MOD, which is short for "Manufacturing
Operating Discipline". In 1999 the MOD 5 was the first fully integrated
control system to be certified by TUV, the premier German certification
company for electronic systems. This company certifies only those systems that
meet their extremely stringent requirements.
The legacy process control applications were developed to implement the
Manufacturing Operating Discipline with a methodology developed internally in
its MOD 5 process control computer. These applications are developed in a
proprietary computer language (Dowtran). Extracting these concepts requires
specialized software analysis and transformation tools.
Dr. Ira Baxter, CEO/CTO of SD said, "Dow asked Semantic Designs to build a
state of the art reengineering tool, to recover, preserve, and re-shape the
business-critical process knowledge stored in these systems."
SD will be implementing custom tools to reverse engineer Dow's applications,
enabling understanding, enhancement, and migration to other industrial control
platforms. The initial phase of the contract is expected to take roughly a
The custom tools will be built on a foundation provided by Semantic Designs'
industry-leading DMS® Software Reengineering Toolkit, an engine for building
customizable tools for analyzing and transforming the source code of large,
complex software systems. DMS is unique in the software industry in its
ability to process a wide variety of modern and legacy computer languages with
the same precision as the compiler and development tool for those languages,
including Java, COBOL, C++, SQL, HTML, and many others. Unlike standard
development tools, DMS can absorb an entire software system of millions of
lines to collect precise data across entire systems.
That knowledge is then used to achieve a desired customer effect, especially
massive automated change, driven by pattern-directed matching and code
transformation rules. Dr. Baxter noted that DMS's success comes from its
generality, compared to the typical limitations of point-solution tools.
Semantic Designs has applied DMS to a wide variety of complex software
engineering tasks, including analysis of large banking-software systems for
Australia- New Zealand bank, discovering relationships in the enormous
mainframe software systems of the U.S. Social Security Administration to
enable impact analysis, and migrating sophisticated embedded systems such as
the B-2 Stealth Bomber mission software for Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air
Force. Other customers include Boeing, J.P. Morgan, Cisco Systems, Raytheon
and Rockwell Collins. SD also has software engineering research contracts with
the U.S. Department of Energy.
DMS is a registered trademark of Semantic Designs.
For further information, contact info(at)semanticdesigns(dot)com.
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