June 2021

Digitalization

Process control reimagined

Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery.

Imagine visiting the control room of a typical process unit at a refinery. Everything is running well under the watchful eyes of experienced operators. Looking at the unit’s final output flow, you ask a simple question: “Why are you operating at this production rate?” A variety of answers can exist, with perhaps as many thoughts as the number of individuals working the unit. Possibilities could include something about maximizing output, product quality or overall efficiency. However, a better answer and one that is likely to become more common is: This is exactly where we need to be to fulfill corporate goals, including profitability, while matching demand for our output. This more-complet

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