Basic Control Loops Performance Monitoring

Basic Control Loops Performance Monitoring

In many practical cases, PID controllers are poorly tuned because of the lack of time or operator skill, or because operating conditions change. Obviously, it is important to have relevant techniques able to automatically assess the performance of a PID controller and to retune the controller to optimize the performance. Learn more about a basic methodology that can be applied to various systems.

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Optimal Lifecycle Management and GEMBA Capability

Optimal Lifecycle Management and GEMBA Capability

In Japanese, a special word known as “GEMBA-RYOKU” (GEMBA capability) is frequently used when discussing human resource issues in the Japanese manufacturing industry. While the word itself means “on-site capability”, this implies not only the worker’s skill, but also empowerment in the workplace ultimately contributing to improvements on the manufacturing level.

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The "Magic Number" in Human Memory Capacity

The "Magic Number" in Human Memory Capacity

It is very critical that we try to understand operations by understanding our operators, from their point of view. Then, when implementing technologies, we focus on implementation in a manner that matches with the manner in which the operators think, and towards the goals that they need to achieve. Too often there is a focus on adding new and extra information/data.

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Industrial Cyber Security – Securing Operational Technology 101

Industrial Cyber Security – Securing Operational Technology 101

In the modern connected enterprise where your industrial systems are networked to your business systems (which they almost certainly are) and your business systems are Internet facing (again very likely) then your business systems should be regarded as a potential source of threat to the integrity, safety and security of your control systems. That threat should be properly managed.

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Carbon Residue Estimation and Control in Vacuum Towers

Carbon Residue Estimation and Control in Vacuum Towers

Early detection of CCR results in upstream units like Vacuum Distillation column HVGO samples helps Process Engineers to take corrective action upfront on the Operation of the Fluidized Catalytic Cracking unit thereby improving the reliability of the Refinery operation and improving the quality of the blended products from the Refinery.

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Operations Management Helps LNG Vessel Maintain High Standard

Operations Management Helps LNG Vessel Maintain High Standard

Plant operations management system greatly relieves the operations team of tedious daily activities, enabling more emphasis to be put on maximizing overall efficiency and maintain a high operating standard in terms of plant availability, reliability, utilization.

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APC Implementation and Steam Consumption in Ethylene Glycol Plant

APC Implementation and Steam Consumption in Ethylene Glycol Plant

The Advanced Process Control application implemented on the Mono Ethylene Glycol unit helped control the plant with less variation during load changes and with fewer operator interactions during plant operation. This resulted in maximizing the Tri Ethylene Glycol production and reducing overall steam consumption.

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Digital Security & Off-the-Shelf Solutions

Digital Security & Off-the-Shelf Solutions

Like physical security, the investment in digital security is a function of what we are trying to protect and the company's exposure if breached. It is not only a necessity to have a digital security system, but to also be keep abreast of the changes and threats that effect such security systems. Read about how the evolution of technologies put strong pressures on companies and operations, as well as the updates being made to common off-the-shelf digital security solutions.

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