October 2005

Special Report: Improving Process Control

Online monitoring of multivariable control utilization and benefits

The key performance indicators presented could be built into software products or user implemented

Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

Multivariable predictive control (MPC) has become the dominant force in advanced process control (APC) over the past two decades. Nonetheless, fundamental questions persist regarding its effective utilization and benefits. Past attempts to measure MPC utilization and benefits have proven inadequate. Many plants want to confirm the health of their MPC installations before committing additional funds to subsequent APC layers. At the same time, many plants are adopting key performance indicators (KPIs) to readily identify business areas that are performing soundly from those that need attention. This article presents KPIs for MPC utilization and benefits that address past difficulties and

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