'Fuzzy logic' system enhances pumping unit's engine operation

Jesús A. Dom!nguez Zeus Technologies Weston, Fla. Carlos Nieto Occidental de Colombia Bogat A "fuzzy logic" system was implemented on an oil-pumping station in Colombia to enhance the operation of diesel engines used to power a complete set of crude-oil pumps. The diesel engines burn a portion of the produced crude oil as fuel. This intelligent system emulates the operator's reasoning to diagnose operating conditions, evaluate conditions leading to an imminent shutdown or a mechanical failure, and decide upon action to keep crude-oil pumps running under optimal and safe conditions. The system has enhanced engine operation by overcoming extern...

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