June 2011

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Use advanced process control to add value for your facility

Optimization programs deliver benefits to existing and new plants

Di Nello, R., Honeywell Process Solutions

Advanced process control (APC) has been an evolving field of study since the 1950s. The hardware platforms and algorithmic software that form the foundation of this field have changed throughout the years. But the goal of APC has remained the same: to improve the economic and operating performance of a process unit. APC has become increasingly important in improving the competitive position of a processing unit, a plant and even a company within a crowded marketplace. Origin of APC. To understand where APC is today and how to optimize APC for maximum value, one should first examine where it began. The first reported implementation of advanced control using a digital computer in the proces

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