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Real-Time Control for Optimization Goes Beyond Energy Saving

Control Engineering Branches Out to Manage Critical Business Variables Such as Profitability, Risk, Asset Management and Cybersecurity

By Peter G. Martin

Most process engineers I talk to look back on the 1970s and 1980s as the heyday of control engineering, and in many ways it was. More engineers were focused on the applications of real-time control theory then than now. And when you look at how far they have brought control strategies and technologies, it would be easy to conclude that the science of control engineering had been saturated. But as I look around today and see the good work control engineers are still doing and the value they are creating for industrial companies, I cannot help but believe that there is still considerable potential for advancement and expansion. In fact, I believe that industry has just scratched the surface of control engineering, and that perhaps the day of the control engineer is just dawning.

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