September 2010

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HP Control: APC application ownership

Advancec process control (APC) requires skilled control engineers, and where such engineers are not available, even well-implemented APC applications quickly become ineffective. That much is known and..

Friedman, Y. Z., Petrocontrol

Advancec process control (APC) requires skilled control engineers, and where such engineers are not available, even well-implemented APC applications quickly become ineffective. That much is known and has been published.1–4 Feeling frustrated over the dire APC manning shortage, I wrote an editorial recommending simplifying APC to the point of giving up on some of the benefits, aiming to reduce maintenance requirements and improve the APC success rate. Another school of thought, represented best perhaps by Allan Kern, suggests that we do away with multivariable predictive control (MVPC) tools altogether, and move back to implementing APC strategies as DCS structures, going by the name of

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