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HP Control: Process control practice renewal 2010

Allan Kern, Zak Friedman and I have offered numerous ideas to strengthen the practice of process control.1-4 Allan Kern inaugurated a fundamental assessment of process control engineering practice in ..

Latour, P. R., Clifftent Inc.

Allan Kern, Zak Friedman and I have offered numerous ideas to strengthen the practice of process control.1-4 Allan Kern inaugurated a fundamental assessment of process control engineering practice in the HPI since 1990.2 His experience maintaining control systems in multiple refineries reveals that many challenges remain. He offered an excellent summary of what we have learned.2 He reports the base layer, Field in Fig. 1, is healthy but not sufficiently functional. "It is clearer every year that focus on the base layer is the most urgent and promising strategy, and greatest opportunity, to bring about fundamental improvements in operation and reliability going forward." The only way to build

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