August 2006

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HP Control: Are there any good APC training programs out there?

I have written several articles and editorials warning about the failure rate of advanced process control (APC) applications. See for example my January 2006 editorial,1 which also references related ..

Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

I have written several articles and editorials warning about the failure rate of advanced process control (APC) applications. See for example my January 2006 editorial,1 which also references related literature. One of the reasons for these failures is the chronic shortage of quality APC engineers. APC has always been bottlenecked by availability of experts, but when "streamlining" (a euphemism for the industry-wide massive layoffs of the 1990s) came in vogue, this problem was exacerbated, since many APC experts retired or changed direction. Those experts left in the field are so busy and heavily traveled that their burnout rate is high. Thus, it is time industry trains a new generation of A

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