Identifying roles, responsibilities optimizes refinery scheduling process

Computer-based technologies can enhance the quality of refinery monthly schedules. These tools are critical elements of the scheduling professional’s toolkit; however, they are no substitute for an inclusive and comprehensive scheduling process that promotes well-reasoned interpretations of scheduling model results.It is the process that provides cogent input to the mathematical scheduling model and then converts the model results into robust schedules. This article presents insights that will assist in optimizing the scheduling process at a refinery.The analysis and recommendations presented here are applicable to other process industries, such as petrochemicals, as well as refinin...

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