Lou Heavner

Principal Consultant

Lou leads studies to identify the economic benefits of improved automation in the process industries for Emerson's clients around the world. He leads advanced control and optimization projects to achieve quantifiable economic benefits for Emerson's clients. Disciplinary Strengths: Strong process engineering and control engineering skills married with a strong understanding of business economics acquired over the course of 40-year career in process automation & control.

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Mining Process Optimization

Mining Process Optimization

One of Emerson’s Principle Consultants, Lou Heavner, was recently asked a series of questions about process optimization in the mining industry. Here are Lou’s answers to the questions asked.

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5 Questions for Advanced Control Consultant Lou Heavner

5 Questions for Advanced Control Consultant Lou Heavner

One of the new things I want to try here on the blog is a podcast series asking many of our experts five questions. The questions will revolve around how they got started into the field that they're in, challenges faced, spare time activities, and guidance for younger...

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Primer for Chemical Engineers in Control Engineering

Any newly-minted Chemical Engineer will tell you that there remains a large learning curve when entering the process industries, especially if their focus is around controlling the process. Often these new ChemEs have never had classes in process dynamics. In a great...

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Natural Gas Liquids Fractionation Optimization

Natural Gas Liquids Fractionation Optimization

Maximizing the recovery of natural gas liquids from natural gas improves margins for midstream oil & gas producers. In an earlier post, Optimizing the Process of Purifying Natural Gas Liquids we highlighted the role of advanced process controls and expertise in...

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Flexible Operations for Changing Ethane Market Conditions

Flexible Operations for Changing Ethane Market Conditions

In an RBN Energy blog post, The Yellow Rose Of Texas: Battle Of Texas Ethane Begins As Cargo #1 Departs Morgan's Point, it not only gives a great history lesson on the origins of the Yellow Rose of Texas, but also the market dynamics for ethane production. It...

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Flow Measurement Pressure-Temperature Compensation

Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing provides valuable information beyond what is possible to find in owners' manuals and other technical documentation from suppliers. You can find it every day in your Google searches about personal technologies that you use and...

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With a Little Help from Your Global Peer-to-Peer Community

Social networks have made peer-to-peer knowledge sharing easier and more accessible than ever. Given the challenge of running process manufacturing and production facilities safely, reliably and efficiently, this ability to tap into others' expertise is critical. A...

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Differences in Model Predictive Control Applications

Differences in Model Predictive Control Applications

One of the new things that we tried at last week's Emerson Exchange conference in Denver was to have our Emerson Exchange 365 community members submit questions for a Meet the Experts session panel on process control and optimization. The thread, questions and answers...

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Optimizing Multi-well Gas Lift Operations

As oil prices have remained lower for many months, many oil & gas producers have shifted their priorities from new production to optimizing existing production and reducing operating costs with the assets currently in place. In the quick, 2-minute video,...

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Distillation Column Control Basics – Part 3

Distillation Column Control Basics – Part 3

Part 1 in the series addressed basic distillation column control and Part 2 explored inferential composition measurement and control design. In today's post I share how we need to consider how to close the material balance and the application of advanced process...

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Distillation Column Control Basics – Part 2

Distillation Column Control Basics – Part 2

In part 1, we looked at how control has been traditionally performed on distillation columns. We'll look at some improvements in today's post. Inferential Composition Measurement One thing required for distillation column control is product quality measurement. This...

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