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The APC-network team
15 December, 2011
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Senior Business Development Manager - IPCOS
Technical Support Consultant Advanced Process Control  - Aspen Technology
Junior APC project engineers - IPCOS UK
Senior APC project engineers - IPCOS India
Senior APC project engineers - IPCOS Belgium/Netherlands
Advanced Process Control Engineer - Hyperion (Europe or Middle East)


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APC Solutions
This section contains an APC knowledge base accessible exclusively by the Premium subscribers of the site. This month, we have added content to section titled APC Benefits Reported by operating companies and experts in the field.

APC Applications 
Selected APC applications added to the database:
> Petronas BTX MVC
> BP CDU LP Planning
> Chinees Refinery Refomer Real Time Optimiser
> West Coast US Refinery boiler ARC
> Australian Refinery Performance Monitoring

APC & Related Products & Services
Selected APC products added to the database:
> Product: Surge Prevention Controller

> Product: Steam Turbine Controller
> Product: Gas Turbine Controller
> Consulting Services: Turbo machinery control

Free Services

APC Forum
Re: Pressure compensation for Tray TC
I would prefer to apply the pressure correction in case the operator changes pressure setpoint or the pressure in not in control for any reason ...

Re: What is the point of Closed Loop Steptesting and modelID for MVC's?
First, I agree with Zak. I offer one refinement on the “commissioning in stages” part. The stages should be levels of cascade. So, you do the step tests for the lowest-level MPC with the DCS control loops closed, the step tests for a higher level MPC with the lowest-level MPC control loops closed

APC Training
> APC Webtraining -  Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) APC Webtraining;
23 - 26  Jan, 2012

> Wolfram Demonstrations Project
> PID Laboratory

News & Features 
> Integrated refinery solutions gaining ground
> PI Coresight Release Announced
> Is the cloud right for manufacturing?
> Explosion at Industrial Plant Sends Three to the Hospital
> Turkish refinery improves reliability with Emerson’s Smart Wireless technology
> Axens New Website online!
> AspenTech Introduces Search for Process Optimization
> Honeywell to Deliver Control and Safety System for Australian LNG
> Honeywell's Newest Plant Safety Offering for Smaller Applications
> Total Hosts ASM® Consortium Operations Outreach Seminar

Selected publications among others added this month. Many thanks to those who submitted their articles to us:
> How to Name OSI PI Tags for Diverse Audiences and Future Growth

> Experion PKS® CEE-based Controller Specifications and Technical Data

> Catalytic naphtha reforming (Process)

> Lessons Learned and Success in Simulation
> Fluid Cat Cracking – Still a Profitable Refining Process
> Artificial Intelligence Techniques Applied in a Simulated Oil Distillation System
> Optimal Process Control and Operation of an Industrial Heat Integrated FCC Using MPC
> Short-term Scheduling for Refinery Process: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Applications

APC Jobs
> Technical Support Consultant Advanced Process Control  - Aspen Technology
> Junior APC project engineers - IPCOS UK
> Senior APC project engineers - IPCOS India
> Senior APC project engineers - IPCOS Belgium/Netherlands
> Advanced Process Control Engineer - Hyperion (Europe or Middle East)
> Sr. Process Automation Engineer

APC Vendors
The following vendors were added:
> ProControl

> NEXIDEA™ System

> Centurion Controls

Webinars to March 2012:
 Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification
 Control Integration, Part 2: Application Example
 The ISA95 Object Models for Enterprise Control System Integration
 Cybersecurity for Automation, Control and SCADA Systems
 Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification
 Cyber Security Risk Assessment for Automation Systems
 System Identification for Control
 Designing & Applying Model Predictive Control Strategies
 Temperature Control Solutions
 pH Control Solutions
 Introduction to Pressure Measurement
 Introduction to Flow Measurement
 The NEW Alarm Management Method
 Green Design, Green Energy, and Sustainability
 The Basics of OPC
 Introduction to Level Measurement
 Introduction to Temperature Measurement
 Adaptive Modeling in Revamp of Furnace Section of a Hot Oil Controller featuring ENI
 Improve Plant Operations with Mobile Devices, KPIs, and Alerts
 Introduction to Operating Envelopes and Geometric Process Control
 Introduction to Process Control
 Improve Refinery Margins with Hydroprocessing Model Applications featuring BP
 Novel Approach to Design and Implementation of Multivariable Process Controllers for C3 Fractionation
The NEW Alarm Management Method
System Identification for Control






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