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June 2020 – ANALYTICS IS CHANGING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF REGULATORY CONTROL

While process manufacturers have justified nearly 30 years of automation investments on the observations of one man, today’s control loop performance monitoring technologies are providing new, data-driven insights into the state of regulatory control.

The Journal April 2019

APRIL 2019 – HOW CARGILL ACHIEVES SUSTAINABLE PROCESS OPTIMIZATION

Agricultural firm boosts efficiencies, throughput and yield with global rollout of control loop performance-monitoring and advanced diagnostics solution.

MAY 2018 – THE GROWING RATE OF INNOVATION IN THE PROCESSING PLANT

MAY 2018 – THE GROWING RATE OF INNOVATION IN THE PROCESSING PLANT

There is a story developing in processing plants. It began slowly over the last decade as the high-grade material got mined and the sector wrestled with having to dig deeper…

FEBRUARY 2018 – THE LINK BETWEEN PID & RELIABILITY

FEBRUARY 2018 – THE LINK BETWEEN PID & RELIABILITY

It seems as though most discussions concerning condition-based maintenance quickly shift toward asset reliability and predictive analytics. There’s quite a bit of value to be gained from monitoring the health…

FEBRUARY 2018 – THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘GOOD DATA’ WHEN TUNING PID LOOPS

FEBRUARY 2018 – THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘GOOD DATA’ WHEN TUNING PID LOOPS

Ask technicians and engineers about manually tuning PIDs. Their responses usually fall into one of the three different groups: 1) Some who will say it’s a “dark art” and won’t…

FEBRUARY 2018 – THINK YOUVE GOT A LOT OF DATA THINK AGAIN

FEBRUARY 2018 – THINK YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF DATA? THINK AGAIN!

This article explores the data requirements that allow plant-wide monitoring and diagnostic technologies to accurately characterize changes in performance. In particular, it examines the requirements of key performance indices (KPIs)…

JULY 2017 – PROCESS OPTIMISATION BIG DATA SHINES LIGHT ON CONTROLLER PERFORMANCE

JULY 2017 – PROCESS OPTIMISATION: BIG DATA SHINES LIGHT ON CONTROLLER PERFORMANCE

An engineer working at a corn milling production plant receives his daily report on specific opportunities to optimize the facility’s regulatory control systems. The facility is one of dozens owned…

AUGUST 2016 – OVERCOMING LOOP TUNING CHALLENGES

AUGUST 2016 – OVERCOMING LOOP TUNING CHALLENGES

For years, it was nessesary to steady a process before tuning software could be applied successfully. Because most industrial processes exhibit some degree of ocvillatory behavior, the steady-state tuning requirement…

AUGUST 2016 – HOW TO TUNE PID LOOPS TEMPERATURE CONTROL CHALLENGES

AUGUST 2016 – HOW TO TUNE PID LOOPS: TEMPERATURE CONTROL CHALLENGES

Temperature control applications can be broken into two main categories—fully continuous and semi-continuous (or batch).  An example of a fully continuous temperature controller is a shell-and-tube heat exchanger. In this…