July 2013

Special Report: Refinery of the Future

The future of automation has arrived

As automation moves into asset optimization, it spans all elements of operations and can run your process as a business.

Turk, M. A., Clark, D. C., Invensys Operations Management

Regulatory control systems—from pneumatic single loop controllers to modern distributed control systems—have proven to be very successful in managing the basics of plant operations, regardless of the nature of the processes involved. Over time, technological advancements have enabled dramatic improvements to be made in the functionality that process automation systems provide, enabling them to perform increasingly complex tasks. However, until recently, the primary purpose of these systems has been to control process variables, such as temperatures, pressures, levels and flows, with the goal of achieving stable and safe plant operations. In response to myriad internal and external

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