Posts Tagged ‘APC’

Sharing Process Control Expertise with Next-Gen Automation Professionals

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Services, Consulting & Training on Thursday, March 7th, 2013. One comment so far
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One of the very active U.S. universities in the field of engineering and automation is Oklahoma State University. Their OSU Automation Society was founded several years ago and its purpose is to spread awareness and promote automation and control systems as a discipline at OSU. This chapter is also affiliated with ISA. I had the […]

Making Advanced Process Control Approachable

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Services, Consulting & Training on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. 2 comments so far
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A recent article, Advanced Process Control Ain’t Easy, concluded: The optimal solution is elusive, but perhaps the most promising path is to start with the simplest APC possible, one that delivers an acceptable percentage of theoretical benefits, but without stultifying complexity. Users and vendors alike must keep in mind that implementing APC is just […]

Pre-Engineered Advanced Process Control

Posted in Industrial Energy & Onsite Utilities, Services, Consulting & Training on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011. No comments yet
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Process manufacturers across many world areas continually look for ways to improve energy usage, operational efficiency, and quality with the limited resources they have to execute these improvement projects. In a recent Hydrocarbon Processing magazine article, Pre-engineered solutions drive down advanced control costs, Emerson’s Pete Sharpe and Gary Hawkins describe how these improvement projects can […]

Quick Hit Path to Plant Optimization

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons on Thursday, February 17th, 2011. No comments yet
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For U.S. refiners, the bulk of project spending is on core business drivers including safety, environmental performance, and reliability programs. Projects that optimize performance and improve energy efficiency often don’t make the cut. At the AIChE National Spring Meeting in Chicago, March 13-17, Emerson’s Pete Sharpe and Gary Hawkins, and Citgo’s Tom Novotny (Lemont refinery) […]

Improved, Efficient Crude Fractionation Unit Operation

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons, Services, Consulting & Training on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010. No comments yet
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I plucked this story from a growing and vibrant, “inside the Emerson firewall” community. This community connects Emerson global sales, project, and application folks together, primarily to ask about references–“has this has been integrated with that” sort of exchanges. The particular question was about examples of distillation control. Emerson’s Doug White responded with an example […]