Since the ModelingAndControl.com blog was launched a few months back, Terry Blevins and Greg McMillan have been sharing their expertise in process control gained from years of plant and R&D experience. It’s a real treasure trove if you want to learn more about process dynamics, process modeling, and technologies and control strategies to consider in better managing your process.
We decided to put together an area on the EasyDeltaV.com website called Process Control Insights to provide a common area for people to find this experience. As a new, global generation of process automation professional joins us, the hope is that they’ll find sites like this to connect to the wisdom of those who lived it for so many years. We are pleased that Greg allowed us to give this a try with much of his work. Here’s Process Control Insights’ mission:
Welcome to Process Control Insights — your central spot to learn and explore the nature of process control and its fundamental relationships with your processes. We hope this helps you gain a better understanding of the true nature of these dynamics and how it can help you optimize your process.
The site currently includes application notes, lectures, links to written books, and of course links back to the ModelingAndControl.com site. I had a chance to sit down with Greg before the holidays and record a presentation he had recently given to a major pharmaceutical manufacturer on using modeling and advanced control strategies in a batch manufacturing process. Although these control strategies are common in continuous processes, there use in batch processes is still in its infancy.
You can get a flavor for the lecture by listening to the Introduction Batch Control Story. I have some work to do to get the audio better for future lectures. (Hmmm Gary… I hear I’m not alone in this!)
We hope over time to have others provide their real-world experience and expertise to shorten the learning curve for our next generation of process control experts.