October 2009

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Practical process control system metrics

Here are several useful examples

Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

  Control system metrics can be highly effective in managing a process control system. They help ensure overall system health and integrity, focus available technical support resources on the highest-priority areas and serve to put all stakeholders on the same page with regard to control system performance issues. The metrics approach can be applied to control systems of any vintage. New control systems normally don't achieve peak integrity or functionality for several years. Metrics can accelerate the maturation process and go on to help sustain peak performance over the control system life. For older control systems, metrics can be used to assess their integrity and manage risk ar

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