August 2011

Process Control

Pre-engineered solutions drive down advanced control costs

Process control can improve quality and operating efficiency

Sharpe, P., Hawkins, G., Emerson Process Management

Most companies today have honed their process control staff down to the minimum required to maintain a control system that can safely operate the process units. This leaves little time for the internal development of strategic applications that can improve process and safety performance. While some refineries and major petrochemical sites are able to justify dedicated teams of engineers to take care of advanced process control (APC) systems, many processing sites are still dependent on outside help for implementation, revamps and ongoing maintenance of APC systems. As a result, traditional APC initiatives have been stalled by the organization’s lack of capacity to identify, fund, staf

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