The future of advanced process control promises more benefits and sustained value

Advanced process control (APC) has incorporated and will continue to incorporate new technologies and methodologies that allow refiners and petrochemical plant operators to achieve and sustain progressively higher levels of process operating benefits.Improved process modeling techniques, more flexible optimization technology, and more capable performance monitoring tools will produce the "next" generation of APC with greater economic benefits and improved reliability.In the early days of process control, any loop with more than one input or something other than a standard proportional, integral, and derivative algorithm was considered an "advanced" loop. The focus was on regulatory perfor...

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