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Is Poor Control Wearing You Out

Is Poor Control Wearing You Out?

In the power industry, the cost of replacing a single pump can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars in terms of new equipment cost, manpower, and system downtime. Changes to certain processes – if abrupt – can shave years off the expected life of valuable power production equipment. Even small variances in process stability shorten the Mean Time Before Failure (MTBF) for most process instrumentation.


Can You Cope With the Pressure?

As global demand for oil continues to rise upstream energy producers find themselves under increasing pressure to retrieve crude from existing, proved reserves. Traditional subsurface oil recovery methods that are most effective at first “tap” become less productive over time. Retrieval rates drop as wells are depleted, and producers are consistently tasked with finding new ways to reach deeper – such as water injection. But bringing crude up from the depths using water presents challenges.


A Stable Desuperheater Is Super Profitable!

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a regional power generation and transmission company that services nine of the US’s plain states. As a consumer-owned cooperative, Basin Electric provides critical utility services to small communities too numerous to count. Like others in the power sector, Basin Electric is constantly on the watch for innovative ways of making a profit. In one of their more recent moves, Basin Electric looked to Control Station’s process optimization technologies and seized an opportunity to improve key production processes.


Is Process Drift Fueling Inefficiency at Your Plant?

In the highly competitive market for alternative fuels, Glacial Lakes Energy LLC understands that inefficient processes can have a negative effect on plant profitability. Drifting processes hinder quality and reduce throughput. Additionally, the inability to control production within tolerances often demands greater energy consumption. Such inefficiencies put a manufacturer at a distinct disadvantage, especially when the competition includes “Big Oil”.


Are Slow Cycle Times Eating Your Profits?

Although not a financial services company, Evonik Industries fully appreciates the time value of money. That’s especially true in terms of how the company manages the cycle time of its batch processes. A long cycle time often corresponds with erratic control. Evonik sees an opportunity for improvement through leveraging Control Station’s LOOPPRO PID tuning technologies to improve control and to strengthen bottom-line financial performance.


Is Your Advanced Control Full of Hot Air?

In the highly competitive world of process manufacturing even the cost of steam can be an important financial consideration. Although only a source of low-density energy, waste steam is virtually free as it’s collected from other industrial processes across the production environment. Compared to the typical cost of steam production, waste steam comes at a fraction of the cost of producing intermediate steam and can prove a valuable contributor to profitable plant operations.


Do Process Disturbances Upset Your Profits?

As a member company of a worldwide group leader in cement production, Essroc Italcementi Group understands that process disturbances have a direct and negative impact on profitability. Disturbances oftentimes result in inconsistent production quality and reduced throughput. What’s more, disturbances can cause staff to operate control systems in manual mode rather than automatic. That places additional strain on a plant’s resources and reduces its overall efficiency.


Improving Control and Project Profitability

Bigelow-Liptak has been supplying world-class engineering, equipment, and materials for high-temperature processes since the 1950s.  The company’s equipment has been successfully deployed around the globe, supporting the needs of manufacturers across numerous segments of the process industries.