June 2005

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Are you getting the full benefits from your advanced process control systems?

Myths about automation programs prevent companies from unleashing their full profit potential

Canney, W. M., Aspen Technology, Inc.

Globally, many operating companies are reaping substantial benefits from advanced process control (APC) systems. Most majors in the refining and chemical/ petrochemical industries have extensively, successfully, and now routinely applied APC technology to their largest processing units. The most widely used incarnation of APC is model predictive control (MPC) with its capabilities to deal with interactive process variables, model complex dynamic response, maintain the process at operating limits, and reliably respond to process disturbances and upsets. Even with an installed base of over 6,000 applications (counting medium- to large-scale), some users believe that much of the "low h

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