June 2003

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HP Control: Include control loops in asset management

The industry's renewed focus on frontline measurements for improving asset management (AM) and extending condition-based monitoring (CBM) to more process equipment is certainly good new..

Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The industry's renewed focus on frontline measurements for improving asset management (AM) and extending condition-based monitoring (CBM) to more process equipment is certainly good news. However, while process equipment is an integral part of AM programs, control loops and multivariable predictive advanced controls often don't receive the same attention. The additional data obtained from fieldbus and CBM systems provide an excellent opportunity for updating/tuning the control loops and advanced controls. Improved performance monitoring and automated plant testing software tools make this task easier. Process equipment i

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