October 2017

Special Focus: Process Control and Instrumentation

The next generation of advanced process control

In this article, Hydrocarbon Processing provides published references on model-based control, and contributing author Allan Kern presents his views on model-less control.

Kern, A., APC Performance LLC; Andrew, Bob, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

In this article, Hydrocarbon Processing provides published references on model-based control, and contributing author Allan Kern presents his views on model-less control. FIG. 1. The APC 2.0 paradigm avails itself of business-domain planning and optimization, which eliminates redundancy and empowers each layer to focus on its core area of expertise and responsibility. Model predictive control (MPC) is well established for complex dynamic systems. However, a caveat to MPC’s definition says, “the additional complexity of the MPC control algorithm is not generally needed to provide adequate control of simple systems, which are often controlled wel

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