Meridian Energy Rides Again!

Predicting Maintenance in Hydroelectric Power Generation Neil Gregory from Meridian Energy gave a follow-up to yesterday's general session discussion by Garth Dibley. Meridian Energy is New Zealand's largest energy provider. They are a "...

Top Control changes sides

For at least 14 years, Michel Ruel of Top Control has been the training arm of Expertune. Yesterday, Matrikon and Top Control announced that Ruel and Top Control will now be doing the same thing, but as Matrikon's partner instead. So Ruel was a prominent speaker at the Matrikon Summit.

Moving toward "bottom line" automation...

If you do one thing well, you are an expert. If you do two things well you are a prodigy. If you do three things well, you are amazing, but if you do everything well, you are a mountebank. Mike Brown is a mountebank. He does everything he touches well.

More from Matrikon Summit 2007

We managed to cover the entire conference yesterday, but it was a stretch. There were no bad papers. Some, in fact, were excellent. So on to Day Two!...

From the innovation track:Model Intelligence for Process Control-- Tai-Ji

Yucai Zhu, president of Tai Ji Control, Tai-Ji (Tai Chi) is the Chinese system of balanced philosophy. "I thought, wow! This is control! So I named my company Tai-Ji." A few words about MPC: MPC is the standardtool for advanced process control with tremendous benefits in the refining/petrochem industry,...

From the best practices track-- #1

Nancy B here again.

From the innovation track: controllers, alarms and critical instrument management

Trevor Hrycay of Suncor and Mike Brown of Matrikon presented a research project with University of Alberta, Suncor and Matrikon. Mike Brown indicated that this project provides a "three legged stool" for looking at real deployment, determining the real issues of adoption, reformulating work processes, etc.: the IRC Research Chair.

BA Energy Builds Oils Sands Upgrader with Matrikon Suite

Cleaning oil sands isn't easy or cheap. So finding a new upgrading process that's half as expensive is really good news. The bad news is that you now have to design a build a company and a plant to do it.

Alarm Management at Bayer MaterialScience

Nancy Bartels here. I'm the managing editor (aka "The Schedule Nazi" at Control.) Walt and Jim have gone off to have coffee and schmooze, abandoning me here to cover Dr. Felix Hanisch's report on Alarm Management at Bayer MaterialScience (BMS).