July 2011

Process Control

What is the outlook for advanced control engineering?

New view strips away the myths over automation technology

Wang, J., Energy Services Division, Nalco Co.

Process control technology plays a significant role in improving and maintaining efficient process operations. It influences the strategic and operational goals of enterprises, economic results, development and quality of products, continuity of production and competitiveness within the marketplace. Over the past years, industries have invested heavily in model predictive control (MPC) controllers. Many within the industry believe MPC is the only way for advanced control that facilitates process improvement with the high project return on investment. In some organizations, MPC tools are the company standard; other methods are taken as nonstandard low-level technologies. Some organizations

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