Texas alphaolefins plant switches to DCS

A screenshot shows the three oxidation reactors that operate continuously at BP's alphaolefins plant under the control of a ProcessLogix system (Fig. 1).Click here to enlarge imageA new distributed-control system (DCS) at BP's Pasadena, Tex., alphaolefins plant allows it to operate at 105% of its theoretical maximum. When BP, then BP Amoco, purchased the plant in 1998, it was using the same pneumatic controls and relays that had been installed when the plant was built 30 years before.With the help of Control Dynamics Inc. (CDI), a systems integrator in Houston, BP Amoco installed a Rockwell Automation ProcessLogix control system at the front end of the alphaolefins process.Old s...

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