June 2010

Special Report: Process/Plant Optimization

Advanced process control: quick and easy energy savings

Here are some of the energy savings benefits routinely produced by implementing advanced process control

Kesseler, P., Invensys Operations Management

Deepwater In today's manufacturing environment, there is an urgency to increase operating efficiencies, and to do it quickly. One area of improvement that can produce immediate results is reducing energy consumption. It's good for the environment and it's good for the bottom line. "Energy management," therefore, has become a common best practice, but there is more there than meets the eye. Typically, it implies rigorously modeling all or a major portion of the plant, coupled with the use of real-time optimization technology. While this approach has been used successfully, there are other simpler, faster options for reducing energy consumption in a manufacturing plant. For example, advanced

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