Semantic Designs (SD) was awarded a contract extension by the Dow Chemical Co. to provide continuing support and enhancements to SD’s custom, automated migration tool. Dow uses the tool to execute its migration from proprietary MOD5 control systems for chemical manufacturing plants to standard industrial controllers, minimizing plant downtime and risk.

SD was contracted by Dow in 2012 to build a custom tool, dubbed Sequoia, to automate much of the conversion of production chemical plant process control applications in the company’s facilities from the MOD5’s programming language to modern industrial control languages. The contract extension calls for SD to improve Sequoia, enhancing quality and level of automation and further shortening plant conversion times.