February 2010

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HP Control: Back to the future: Process control in 2010

Where will process control money be spent in 2010? The choices include field instruments, safety systems (SISs), control system upgrades (DCSs), multivariable predictive control (MPC) and decision-sup..

Kern, A.G., Tesoro Corp.

Where will process control money be spent in 2010? The choices include field instruments, safety systems (SISs), control system upgrades (DCSs), multivariable predictive control (MPC) and decision-support system applications (DSSs) In all cases, process control money is hard to spend. It's engineering-intensive, benefits can be elusive, and exactly which layer is most pressing, or most promising, is often in debate. As we enter a new decade, it's a good time for a fresh look at this puzzle, because there are lessons to be learned from the past. And, for those seeking to leverage maximum overall improvement, as opposed to promoting a particular automation layer, there are clear choices.

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