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The site brings value to the users of Advanced Process Control (APC) technology within 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 virtual community with no affiliations to the software and engineering companies.

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Common misconceptions: Safety instrumented system basics
ISA84 is not a “cook book” or “prescriptive standard,” but rather a “performance standard” for a general approach plant owners can use for each   (read more...)
10 years later: BP Texas City and the inevitable cost of an incident
This unfortunate incident from 2005 is familiar to many working in process industries and especially in the U.S., where an extensive investigation and its associated report have been used to illustrate the   (read more...)
Control Engineering - May 2015
May 2015 digital issue of Control Engineering magazine   (read more...)
A dual split-range control strategy for pressure and flow processes
Maintaining setpoint for two-mode or wide-range operations can be much easier when there are two control devices. Split-range control has been widely used in industrial processes for controlling pressure, temperature   (read more...)
HMI standard moves toward completion
ISA-101.01, Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems, is in the final stages of approval by the ISA101 standards development committee, Human-Machine Interface (HMI). The document was approved by ISA101 in - See more at: https://www.isa.org/intech/201504standards/#sthash.znqRhtSM.dpuf   (read more...)
Hacking oil and gas control systems: Understanding the cyber risk
Cyber attacks are growing in number and intensity over the past decade. Companies in the oil and gas industry are high-profile targets and must take measures to protect themselves from hackers. Chris Shipp 03/24/2015   (read more...)
6 ways for energy, chemical and oil and gas companies to avert the workforce crisis
As many as half of the skilled workers in energy, chemical and oil & gas industries are quickly heading towards retirement — but not nearly enough new hires are available to replace them. This Trend Report takes a deep dive into the six things you can do to ensure that your company doesn’t crumble under the pressure   (read more...)
AspenTech Unveils aspenONE® Version 8.8 Software to Help Manufacturers Achieve Operational Excellence
BEDFORD, Mass — May 4, 2015 — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of optimization software for the process industries, today announced the general availability of aspenONE® Engineering   (read more...)
Engineering Leaders Under 40 program
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program* recognizes manufacturing professionals under the age of 40 who are making a significant contribution to their plant's success, and to the control engineering and/or plant engineering professions. Our research shows that finding, training, and retaining workers is the biggest issue facing manufacturing today.   (read more...)
Perceptive’s award-winning software continues to add new features and functionality, making it even more powerful and easier to use.
Improved functionality that makes data handling more intuitive, so you can gain a deeper insight into process behaviour and opportunities more easily.   (read more...)
A standard quench control application to significantly improve the simple PID loop approach.   (read more...)
Overcoming process deadtime with a Smith Predictor
A controller equipped with an accurate process model can ignore deadtime. Deadtime generally occurs when material is transported from the actuator site to the sensor measurement location.   (read more...)

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