6th August 2003
www.APC-network.com, a virtual community for Advanced Process
Control (APC) technology in the Refining and Petrochemical industry is
ocaso technology Ltd. announced the official launch of APC-network.com
in early June 2003, the only virtual community for the Advanced Process
Control technology in the Refining and Petrochemical industry. APC-network.com
is an independent web site and its main aim is to facilitate exchange
of information and knowledge as well as to raise awareness of APC products,
services and new technologies currently on the market.
"Internet is a great tool but suffers from information dispersion,"
said a control engineer working for the technical centre of one of the
oil majors "we have given up on using the internet in search of APC
related solutions, mainly because it is time consuming and inefficient".
An automation manager from a German petrochemical complex commented "it
is very important to have independent user feedback for people who need
to make decisions on the most suitable products. Being in contact with
other users therefore, provides additional value."
By creating a virtual community, APC-network.com makes best use of the
capabilities of the Internet where it provides an environment for the
APC practitioners to interactively communicate and exchange ideas globally.
This takes place through online technical discussion, the APC forum and
"ask a question from an expert" where Dr. Y.Zak Friedman (Industry
consultant, inferential modelling expert, and developer of the well known
crude switch technology) provides the answers. The site also serves as
a portal for the APC technology by providing relevant and up to date information
collated, organised, and provided through a single source.
The core group of users of the web site are Refinery and Petrochemical
plant engineers, consultants, software vendors as well as system integrators.
With more than 250 users representing the major operating companies, ocaso
technology confirmed that the initial response from the users has been
"With ever tighter operating budgets and margins and less time to
achieve more, operating companies need to make informed decisions when
implementing, upgrading and maintaining APC. Having an independent source
of information such as APC-network.com where user information on tried
and tested as well as new technologies can be shared, is of significant
operational and strategic value. The value of hindsight will prove priceless
when it comes to finding the right solution," said Dr. Babak Khosro,
founder and technical director of the site. "Vendors, as members
of this community, have a unique opportunity to promote their products
and services in the most cost effective way and attract clients on a global
Register for FREE now or contact APC-network.com by sending an email to
For any queries relating to APC-network.com and this press release contact
Julie McDowell on:
Tel: +44-20 8401 2336
Fax: +44-845 125 9584
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