November 2005

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HP Control: Dr. Pierre Latour's views on APC

Pierre Latour has been a pillar in our advanced process control (APC) industry for as long as anyone can remember. His long and turbulent career started upon graduating from Purdue University with a P..

Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Pierre Latour has been a pillar in our advanced process control (APC) industry for as long as anyone can remember. His long and turbulent career started upon graduating from Purdue University with a PhD degree in 1966. Pierre began his career with operating companies, but became too restless to remain in static positions. In 1971, he cofounded Biles & Associates – quite a successful APC company at the time – although later (after Pierre's departure), it lost direction and disappeared. In 1977 he left Biles & Associates and cofounded Setpoint, where he was instrumental in overseeing the rise of Setpoint to become one of the major APC suppliers. Pierre surprised us all in 1995

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