By virtue of its size and influence on other industry segments it can be argued that Oil & Gas is the dominant player among the process industries. In fact leaders within the sector make up five of the world’s eight largest companies as measured by annual Revenue, and output from the Oil & Gas sector plays a critical role in adjacent industries ranging from Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals to Rubber and Plastics. The complexity of Oil & Gas production also stands apart from other process segments and that same complexity has been a driving force behind advances in regulatory control technologies. When equipped with appropriate technologies for monitoring, analyzing and optimizing PID-based regulatory control systems, Oil & Gas producers improve both the safety and the profitability of their day-to-day operations.
- Emissions: Government regulations frequently saddle Oil & Gas manufacturers with added emissions requirements. Keeping a plant’s base layer control systems in tune is a proven way of curbing excessive emissions. Holding production within acceptable tolerances helps to keep NOx and SOx in check.
- Stability: Whether the process involves separation or distillation excessive variability jeopardizes safety and it negatively affects output. Optimizing the regulatory control layer improves the responsiveness to those inevitable upsets. That in turn delivers safer, more consistent production performance.
- Reliability: Whether planned or unplanned, downtime is something every manufacturing facility strives to avoid. Maintenance windows are managed tightly to minimize downtime and to ward off the possibility of costly unplanned outages. Properly tuned controllers reduce the wear and tear that leads to downtime.
Leading Oil & Gas manufacturers utilize our technologies to enhance both their upstream and downstream operations. What’s more, those same customers provide meaningful input that has energized our product development efforts. Our value is based on a broad understanding of critical extraction and refining processes as well as on deep domain knowledge of PID-based regulatory control. Following are specific areas where Control Station can contribute to improve plant performance.
Most every aspect of oil and gas production is monitored with the notable exception of control loop performance. With its ability to proactively identify and isolate mechanical, interaction and tuning issues, PlantESP equips engineering staff with the advance warning they need to maintain optimal production levels.
While many industry practitioners are skilled at manual controller tuning, innovations in PID tuning software can now make everyone an expert. Loop-Pro is industrial-grade technology that’s capable of handling your plants highly variable process conditions. It makes the tuning process faster and more consistent which are keys to success in oil and gas production.
Engineers know that regular PID tuning makes effective, efficient control possible. Even so, engineers are outnumbered by their counterparts in operations and few operators know how to detect an underperforming control loop let alone accurately communicate its behavior to plant engineers. Training can improve communication and control.
Control Station is proud to support leading manufacturers from across the process industries and from the Oil & Gas sector in particular. Here are just a few of our notable customers: