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Leveraging Controls for Fast Startup and New Plant Stabilization

Leveraging Controls for Fast Startup and New Plant Stabilization

2016 PetChem Forum, Houston, Texas

This presentation shows how to leverage automation systems to meet the first goals of a new plant start-up: stability and shortest time to full on-spec production rates. The techniques presented are also applicable to process upgrades and retrofits. The new equipment, process, and automation must be carefully managed during startup period to avoid damaged equipment, environmental and safety incidents, delays and unexpected costs.

  • Author: Steven Obermann, Metso
  • Format: PDF

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Manage Risk Capital Project Startup

Manage risk and improve production start-up of capital projects

AIChE 2016 Spring Conference, Houston, Texas

In the final phases of a capital project, there are periods of high risk and several opportunities to shorten the time to full, on-spec production. Getting the control systems properly configured and optimized for stability is a critical path task. This presentation focuses on the effective use of control system information to rapidly achieve stable operations. It will also cover how to set baselines for normal operation going forward.

  • Author: Steven Obermann, Metso
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Cycling in Pulp and Paper

Addressing Cycling Problems in the Pulp & Paper Process

ISA Process Control & Saftey Symposium, Houston, Texas

This presentation demonstrates the harmful effects of cycling in a production process. Oscillation can come from valve issues, tuning issues, process design, and operational procedures. With emphasis on detecting oscillation, and determining the cause, several real-world examples are shown. Learn how to identify cycling issues, identify their severity, and how to determine if multiple oscillations are related.

  • Author: Steven Obermann, Metso ExperTune
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Leveraging Control Systems

Leveraging Control Systems to Achieve Operational Reliability

AIChE 2015 Southwest Conference, Galveston, Texas

Monitoring performance and resolving automation related problems can lead to significant reductions in variability of production processes. Improved production controls lead to increased plant reliability and higher operational efficiency. This presentation will explain how to use control system information to identify automation deficiencies. Concluding with implementation strategies for developing a program or work process within your organization.

  • Author: Steven Obermann, Metso ExperTune
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Measuring multivariable controller performance

Measuring multivariable controller performance

How to tell if your multivariable controller is doing a good job

InTech, May/June 2015

Multivariable controllers have been in use in manufacturing and production systems for many years. Multivariable controllers typically cost from $60,000 to more than $500,000, and they can deliver savings that are many times their cost. Yet the full benefits of these controllers are often not realized. Even worse, manufacturing sites may be completely unaware that the performance of the controllers is subpar. This article describes effective ways to measure and improve the performance of these powerful advanced controls.

  • Author: Steven Obermann, Metso ExperTune
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Better Control-Loop Management Lowers Energy Costs

Control Loop Management Lowers Energy Costs

An Instant Improvement to Distillation

Hydrocarbon Magazine, 2011

A small group of engineers at LyondellBasell generate instant energy savings on a distillation column. This article was published in Hydrocarbon Processing magazine. Find out how PlantTriage pointed this team directly to the major problem on this column, driving steam costs down within just a few hours.

  • Authors: Gilbert Montes & Lothar Lang, Lyondell, and John Mahlstedt, Equistar
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SABIC Cuts Costs with PlantTriage

SABIC Saves $1 Million/Year in Energy Costs

SABIC Improves Plant Stability and Cuts Costs
PlantTriage Interaction Mapping identifies root cause of upsets
March 2009
One-Page Summary by the Aberdeen Group.
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Detailed Briefing by Tom Fiske, Senior Analyst at ARC
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As Published in Chemical Processing

"Fastest Start-Up in Company History"

Plant Manager, Borealis

Control Performance Supervision Enhances Revamp
Upgraded ethylene cracker achieves targeted production rates in record time

Article in Chemical Processing
Apr 2008
Mikko Ronka, Borealis
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True Control System Objectives

True Control System Objectives

"How to turn control performance monitoring into performance improvement."

  • Authors: George Buckbee, P.E. and Lew Gordon, Invensys
  • Format: PDF
  • First Published: Sep 2009

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El Verdadero Objetivo de un Sistema de Control
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