September 1998

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Tips for control engineers

Use these guidelines to improve project success

Korchinski, W., Advanced Industrial Modeling Inc.; Hoffman, D. W., Hoffman, T. W., Aspen Technology Inc.

Considering the premise that one's education should include both "book learning" and "experience," we offer some useful hints for making your next control application a success. True anecdotes illustrate these tips. Tip #1. Make sure all aspects of the process are in good condition. It is important to ensure that all instrumentation, process equipment and regulatory control systems are operating satisfactorily. To illustrate this point, one FCC control project had large benefits identified for advanced controls. The controller's main job was get more flue gas into the expander. During the kickoff meeting, the project team made plans to repair the broken flue gas slide valve

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