August 2013

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HP Integration Strategies: Consider procedural automation at a commercial-scale pilot plant

“All processes are batch processes to some degree. Even in ‘continuous’ process plants, processing units will need to be shut down at some point and then restarted to resume production...

Miller, Paul, ARC Advisory Group

“All processes are batch processes to some degree. Even in ‘continuous’ process plants, processing units will need to be shut down at some point and then restarted to resume production.” And whether performing unit startups or shutdowns (planned or unplanned) or making grade changes or production rate changes; switching feedstocks; or even doing maintenance work, plant personnel must perform specific procedures correctly and in the correct order to ensure smooth plant operation, worker safety and environmental compliance. Case history To reduce fuel consumption, improve safety and enhance knowledge transfer at its commercial-scale distillation pilot plant in Stillwater,

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