June 2004

Extra Report: Laboratory and Online Analyzers

Use automated quality assurance measurements for process analyzers

A gasoline blend unit minimized octane loss, increased blend capacity, lowered costs for maintaining systems and enhanced its ability to capture market opportunities

The ability to perform online process analysis and closed-loop control can result in a substantial savings in manpower, production costs (due to the time lag for lab analysis) and product giveaway.1 Significant benefits, based on maximum production of higher-valued products, can be attributed to implementing advanced process control (APC) technology to chemical manufacturing and petroleum refining processes.2 ? 5 Successful implementation of APC can only be achieved with real-time data that accurately reflects the process or product, in other words, high- quality online process analysis data.3,6 However, for process analyzers to fulfill their purpose, they must be operating properly an

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