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Consider procedural automation at a commercial-scale pilot plant

08.01.2013  |  Miller, Paul,  ARC Advisory Group, Dedham, Massachusetts

Keywords: [automation] [DCS] [training] [operating procedure] [startup] [shutdown]

“All processes are batch processes to some degree. Even in ‘continuous’ process plants, processing units will need to be shut down at some point and then restarted to resume production.” And whether performing unit startups or shutdowns (planned or unplanned) or making grade changes or production rate changes; switching feedstocks; or even doing maintenance work, plant personnel must perform specific procedures correctly and in the correct order to ensure smooth plant operation, worker safety and environmental compliance.

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