Use adaptive control to improve process operations
Refiners and chemical/petrochemical producers can now deploy APC and enjoy sustained benefits by implementing a continuous process for controller maintenance.
Sometimes a problem seems to linger forever. For the many years I have worked with advanced process control (APC) practitioners, APC controller maintenance has been a topic near, or at the top of, their problem list. Given that APC practitioners are not generally demure personality types and are extremely passionate about their business, the conversations about APC maintenance can be dynamic at times. Fortunately, with the recent developments in APC, the tenor of the conversation has shifted dramatically, and there is great optimism.
When considering APCs history, there is no doubt that the angst surrounding controller maintenance is understandable. Traditional ma
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