Posts Tagged ‘James Beall’

Distillation Column Automation Control and Optimization

Posted in Downstream Hydrocarbons on Friday, March 13th, 2020. No comments yet
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The cold section of an ethylene plant is responsible for cooling and purifying the product-grade ethylene, propylene and other bi-products from the cracking furnaces. Cracked gas is cooled in transfer-line exchangers which produce steam from the effluent gas energy. Gas is further cooled with water in the quench column, scrubbed and dried before being compressed in the cracked gas compressor and fed to the cold box.

Share Your Expertise at Instrumentation and Automation Symposium

Posted in Event, Services, Consulting & Training on Friday, May 24th, 2019. No comments yet
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One of the longstanding events for knowledge exchange among instrumentation and automation professionals and students is the Instrumentation and Automation Symposium for the Process Industries held annually at Texas A&M University. The next one, its 75th anniversary, will be held January 21-23, 2020. This symposium’s beginning dates back to 1946 as a short course on […]

Applying Embedded Model Predictive Control

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Services, Consulting & Training on Thursday, April 18th, 2019. No comments yet
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The history of model predictive control (MPC) dates back to the early 1970s invented at Shell Oil and was known as Dynamic Matrix Control. MPC was designed at that time to solve largescale control challenges. As technology advanced, this technology could be more widely applied on smaller-scale challenges. At this past 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting, […]

Avoid Operational Issues with Proper Control Valve Selection

Posted in Production, Valves, Actuators & Regulators on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019. No comments yet
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Because they directly touch the process flow, control valves play a significant role in the stability, robustness and variability in the process. One bad-acting control valve can create large problems for safe and reliable operations. At last week’s AIChE Spring Meeting, Emerson’s James Beall presented Specifying Control Valve Performance to Achieve Desired Process Performance. In […]

Improving Control Performance

Posted in Control & Safety Systems, Operational Excellence, Services, Consulting & Training on Friday, October 5th, 2018. No comments yet
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Today is the final day of the 2018 Emerson Exchange conference. The last session I’m attending is on Control Performance with Emerson’s James Beall, Courtney (Eddie) Lane, Dirk Thiele and Aspentech’s Alex Kalafatis. After the panel introduced themselves, Dirk opened the panel with a poll question, “How would you rate the overall control performance in […]