May 2010

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HP Integration Strategies: Procedural automation improves process plant performance

Procedures govern the world of process automation. While we like to refer to the process industries as being largely "continuous," in actuality, process manufacturing is constantly in flux. Whether yo..

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

Procedures govern the world of process automation. While we like to refer to the process industries as being largely "continuous," in actuality, process manufacturing is constantly in flux. Whether you are doing a startup, shutdown, grade change, or are in the middle of a maintenance turnaround, your HPI plant is governed by procedures and transitional states that can either run smoothly and provide you with superior plant performance, and a safe and orderly startup/shutdown or they can cost you in terms of unplanned shutdowns, incidents, lost product and lost opportunities. Procedural automation enables human reliability. In demand-limited industries, like refining, the overarching objecti

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