An epiphany of energy savings for a petrochemical company by Visual MESA

An epiphany of energy savings for a petrochemical company by Visual MESA

Visual MESA, an Energy Real Time Optimizer gave an epiphany in terms of ease of operation and energy savings for a petrochemical company in South East Asia in its intra and inter energy transactions. This article aims to present some of the evidences available in the form of actions taken from the data collected before and after taking the optimizer online. The understanding of this may prove to be of immense importance in energy optimization.

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Improving Energy Efficiency & Reducing Cost in Utility Systems

Improving Energy Efficiency & Reducing Cost in Utility Systems

Intelligent systems are here to stay. Visual MESA is one such system that is robust with a mature and industry proven solver that can converge within a reasonable time and can help plant personnel to handle the plant in more efficient, economical, and profitable way on a real-time, routine basis.

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The Role of Feedforward in Process Control

The Role of Feedforward in Process Control

The design of the feedforward controller takes time and requires knowledge of the process and disturbance dynamics. Therefore, the decision of whether to implement or not to implement feedforward is a tradeoff. For this reason, it is interesting to have a quantitative index measuring the performance improvement that can be obtained by adding a feedforward compensator.

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Soteica Visual Mesa MES solution for Thermal Power Plants

Soteica Visual Mesa MES solution for Thermal Power Plants

The economic benefits from implementation of Visual MESA is estimated in the range of 1-5% increase of the marginal power plants. Thus, the implementation of MES technology is an important tool for solving problems of maximizing the marginal profit of thermal power plants, and optimization of the process.

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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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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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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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The Current State of Process Fired Heaters: Top 4 Concerns

The Current State of Process Fired Heaters: Top 4 Concerns

Download our free eBook about Combustion & Fired Heater Optimization. This eBook explains how to improve safety & efficiency by controlling combustion using TDLS technology. Simultaneously control air and fuel supply by measuring average gas concentrations across the high temperature radiant section of your fired heater. 

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Emissions Control Indirectly Helps Plant Profitability

Emissions Control Indirectly Helps Plant Profitability

Compensating the fuel gas flows based on the actual pressure, temperature, and density will provide a realistic and accurate compensated flow helping the multi-variable controllers to set a cost minimization objective on the fuel gas flow, without compromising on the safety and controllability of the cracking heaters. Learn more.

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See Clearly - Know in Advance - Act with Agility

See Clearly - Know in Advance - Act with Agility

Unlike OTS which covers operations of a plant from start-up to shut-down, MIRROR PLANT focuses on the production phase in the plant life cycle. MIRROR PLANT is an online dynamic simulator which can keep adjusting the plant model to correspond with the actual plant’s parameters as closely as possible. Learn more..

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Yokogawa APC Implementation on Vacuum Distillation Column, in Turkey

Yokogawa APC Implementation on Vacuum Distillation Column, in Turkey

The Platform for Advanced Process Control and Estimation by Yokogawa is a state-of-the-art multivariable model based control technology, jointly developed with Shell. A pilot project was carried out by Yokogawa and the Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corporation (Tupras) on a Vacuum Distillation column at the Izmit Refinery, in Turkey.

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Avoid the 5 Most Common Pitfalls when Implementing Real-Time Industrial Applications

Avoid the 5 Most Common Pitfalls when Implementing Real-Time Industrial Applications

With more than 25 years experienced in deployment and implementation of industrial projects related to advanced process control and real-time optimization, as a company Soteica has identified the reoccurring issues preventing success in real-time application implementation. Learn what these issues are and how to overcome them.

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MOL Group & Combustion Optimization

MOL Group & Combustion Optimization

Small reductions in energy cost percentage means significant overall savings. MOL Group is a multinational company that partnered with Yokogawa Advanced Solutions with the aim to safely optimize fired heaters, one by one. Senior Project Manager László Cserna shares his experience and perspective on working with Yokogawa; the dynamic in having Honeywell, Emerson and Yokogawa involved on one project, and how CombustionOne led the company to exceed their expected target.

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Capture Operator’s Knowledge Before it's Lost

Capture Operator’s Knowledge Before it's Lost

With the demographic issues we face as an industry, many are rightfully concerned about losing crucial knowledge as senior operators retire in large numbers. Learn from Yu-Gene Chen and download our free eBook to learn more about how MPA can capture crucial knowledge before it is lost, and help your plant become more efficient, through our advanced form of automation.

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Effective Disturbance Handling with APC in Delayed Coker

Effective Disturbance Handling with APC in Delayed Coker

A Delayed Coker process - wherein several pairs of coke drums are being used simultaneously - may often pose unique challenges to optimize. However, when these challenges are managed with the proper solution, over 2% yield increases in some of the most valuable products in this process can be realized - Learn from our expert Dinesh Jaguste's many years of experience in this area and how he has applied APC to solve this challenging problem.

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