In Part 5 of this series on distillation control and optimization, we find that adding a side-stream component to your process gives an additional degree of freedom, but makes it even more essential to not mismatch the variables.
This videocast from the Process Automation Media Network shows how Catalyst's Elk Falls integrated paper mill on Vancouver Island in British Columbia uses advanced control and optimization techniques to eke out multimillion savings while simultaneously improving product quality.
Greg Kautzman, a process control engineer at a refinery, reported at Matrikon Summit 2007 the need to address the maintenance challenge associated with time consuming and expensive conventional plant step tests.
Market analyst research reports often predict growth rates or adoption curves in a straight-line extrapolation of the recent past, but in the real world, things are seldom so predictable or comfortable.
This article provides more of what you need to know to survive in the world of connected data by introducing the XSLT programming language, which brings the benefits of XML to industrial automation applications.
This article discusses what was involved in building a close working relationship with a vendor and the elements that are essential to starting and sustaining any collaborative relationship that yields results.
Technology introduces both benefits and dangers, but as new solution building blocks become available, we have to be aware of not only their benefits, but also limitations their designers havent considered.