October 2004

Special Report: Improving Process Control

Improve APC project success

Understand these pitfalls to avoid problems

Grosdidier, P., Grodidier Consulting Services

Advanced process control (APC) has had a major impact on the refining and petrochemical industry since its inception 25 years ago.1,2 Operating companies continue to spend substantial sums on both software licenses and expert engineering services to deploy (and in many cases to redeploy) APC to capture its value potential. These investments are justified by the existing track record of success stories, which includes managers who see and acknowledge APC's contribution to their plant's bottom line and console operators who would not want to run their units without APC. Yet, behind these tangible and documented achievements hides the fact that some APC projects fail, sometimes miserab

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