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HP Control: Process control practice renewal—consequences

In my April 2010 editorial, I initiated and justified a call for renewal of process control and IT practice in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) with a review of the basics. In August 2010, I ..

Latour, P. R., Clifftent Inc.

In my April 2010 editorial, I initiated and justified a call for renewal of process control and IT practice in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) with a review of the basics. In August 2010, I reviewed the purpose of process control and IT. In the October 2010 editorial on performance, I described a standardized method for determining financial performance of instrumentation, control systems, IT and CIM.1 Now, I turn to the consequences for exceeding limits and violating specs of controlled variables (CVs) and key performance indicators (KPIs). Unforeseen occurrences. In 1995, a major refiner indicated experiencing unforeseen occurrences in four refineries costing $60 million annuall

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