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Process control practice renewal—consequences

12.01.2010  |  Latour, P. R.,  Clifftent Inc., Houston, Texas

Keywords: [process control] [instrumentation]

In my April 2010 editorial, I initiated and justified a call for renewal of process control and IT practice in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) with a review of the basics. In August 2010, I reviewed the purpose of process control and IT. In the October 2010 editorial on performance, I described a standardized method for determining financial performance of instrumentation, control systems, IT and CIM.1 Now, I turn to the consequences for exceeding limits and violating specs of controlled variables (CVs) and key performance indicators (KPIs).

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