March 2001

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HP Control: Online monitoring of APC benefits

The December HP In Control editorial, "Automation: moving from a commodity," caught my attention because the benefit of online monitoring of advanced control has been a frequent topic a..

Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

The December HP In Control editorial, "Automation: moving from a commodity," caught my attention because the benefit of online monitoring of advanced control has been a frequent topic at work this year. The following are my reflections on the subject: Introduction. The advanced controls business has always struggled with proving the benefits. To this day, it remains a tender spot with advocates and skeptics alike. An industry trend, still very much in prototyping, is to measure advanced process control (APC) benefits online. That is, right alongside the temperatures and pressures, we can show the dollars being racked u

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