December 2010

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HP Viewpoint: Advanced process control: Optimization or control

After 20 years of advanced process control (APC) praise, a reckoning is now taking shape, with some challenging questions, such as: What happened to the original vision of “true real-time optimiz..

Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

After 20 years of advanced process control (APC) praise, a reckoning is now taking shape, with some challenging questions, such as: What happened to the original vision of “true real-time optimization”? Why is sustained performance proving so intractable? What are the implications when a major APC supplier suggests there are more poor-performing APCs in industry than well-performing ones?1 Continued APC progress demands a clearer industry consensus on the role APC can or should play in process control and optimization applications. It’s an appropriate time to evaluate the lessons learned and make a course correction, before moving ahead with renewed purpose. Why has optimiza

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