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the Refining and Petrochemical industry by providing up-to-date information, which is
essential when installing, upgrading or maintaining the technology. We strongly believe
that the application of APC technology is highly profitable and are therefore promoting
its wide use through exchange of ideas and technical discussions among the users and
the suppliers. We also believe that this goal can only be achieved through an independent
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What Is the Definition of PID Bumpless Transfer?
The PID controller is an essential component of nearly all control loops in the process industry. We take for granted   (read more...)
Control Engineering Feb 2016 Issue
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Advanced process control and real-time optimization
Advanced process control and real-time optimization are techniques that can improve a plant’s   (read more...)
Take the path to model-less multivariable control
However tantalizing the prospect of dispensing with models may be, it is the long road of experience, not the shortcut of simplification, that compels one to the model-less path.   (read more...)
US Gulf oil spill nearly ruined BP, says chief Bob Dudley
was one of the worst environmental disasters in the US and saw BP pay fines and compensation and sell off more than £30bn ($45bn) in assets.   (read more...)
Simple Enhancement of PID Control
The venerable PID is assuredly the most widely used algorithm in industrial process control. Its simplicity, reliability and familiarity   (read more...)
Safety lifecycle management challenges in hydrocarbon processing plants
Many automation and SIS vendors to the downstream HPI do not provide safety lifecycle management software that extends beyond initial commissioning work   (read more...)
Portals Process Automation Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS Rockwell adds MPC to PlantPAx DCS
November 21, 2015 - Rockwell Automation released PlantPAx model predictive control (MPC) software, which embeds fully functional MPC technology into Logix controllers to  
Control Engineering - November 2015
Process Control Systems upgrades   (read more...)
The New Era in Advanced Process Control
Attributed to AspenTech’s Arup Ghosh, this byline highlights how refineries and chemical companies are under constant pressure to improve throughput; save energy; meet operational constraints   (read more...)
Honeywell Technology To Drive Iraq's Most Advanced Refinery
BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2015 – Honeywell (NYSE:HON) today announced that it will provide industry-leading process technology and advanced automation controls to Iraq’s Karbala refinery, now under construction in Karbala Province, about 120 kilometers south of Baghdad   (read more...)
How to Improve Automation by Understanding Integrating and Runaway Process Dynamics
Many important process control loops on vessels and columns do not have a steady state in the time frame of the PID response   (read more...)
Here’s your opportunity to help young people recognize the joys of STEM-focused learning and the value and potential of a career in automation and control. You have a voice in determining the future of today’s younger generation and the automation profession. - See more at: https://www.isa.org/professional-development/automation-appreciation-month/?utm_source=High%20Road&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=Marketing_42645511&utm_source=google&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=af-aamtwo16OCT#sthash.UUULtRsY.dpuf   (read more...)
Post-sanctions Iran
The first and only industry-led business conference looking at how to operate in Iran after the adoption of the Nuclear Agreement, the Post-Sanctions Iran International Business Conference, taking place in London on 16th-17th December has been tactically designed after meticulous first-hand conversations with European businesses wanting to become fully operative in Iran after sanctions are lifted in Q1 2016.   (read more...)
2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40
With the future of manufacturing heavily relying on the younger workforce, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering are honored to present the 2015 Engineering Leaders Under 40. These 30 individuals   (read more...)
Choosing the ideal safety solution for your burner management system
Published on 31 Oct 2013 The process industry faces a number of challenges. These include the need to keep processes up and running with maximum uptime. At the same time, the performance and profitability of processes need to be maximized. And ultimately, processes   (read more...)
Tributes to Les Kane, Hydrocarbon Processing Editor and an advocate of Advanced Process Control
Gulf Publishing Company (GPC) is saddened to announce the passing of Les Kane, longtime editor of Hydrocarbon Processing, after an extended illness. Mr. Kane joined GPC in 1977 as equipment editor and was promoted to editor of the magazine in 1994. After many years of dedicated service, he left GPC in 2010. Mr. Kane is survived by his wife Laura and two children. He will be dearly missed by his friends and colleagues across the industry.   (read more...)
Benefits of Integrating a Single Plant-Wide Control System Into a Standard Plant Design Philosophy
Recent trends in the power industry call for reduced project execution cycle along with improved operability and maintainability of the power plant. In support of the   (read more...)

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