October 2010

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Advanced process control in the plant engineering and construction phases

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Sakizlis, V., Vakamudi, K., Bechtel Corp.; Coward, A., Mermans, I., Honeywell Process Solutions

The profit in process industries is a function of effective plant operation. This energy and economic-based incentive leads to developing advanced operation and control strategies.1,2 Advanced process control (APC) success in the oil and gas industry, in particular, over the past 30 years is widely acknowledged. Successful applications have been reported in olefins plants,3 refineries4,5 and gas plants.6 Payback times of a few months have been achieved, in addition to improved economics by 5–10%. Success of these projects is attributed to increased profit margin and reduced energy consumption. The main research and development trends in that field focus on centralized coordinated plant

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