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2009




Tune 50 Loops a Day with New PlantTriage Version 9

November 2009

With ExperTune's PlantTriage software, an engineer or technician can now tune over 50 control loops a day. PlantTriage identifies loops to be tuned and gives the best PID values. Before-and-after simulations quickly confirm the settings. The browser-based tools accelerate tuning time to mere minutes. See "How to Tune a Loop in 60 Seconds" on the PlantTriage YouTube channel, at http://www.youtube.com/PlantTriage.

PlantTriage is control loop performance monitoring software. It monitors the performance of all plant control loops and instruments in real-time, providing prioritized, focused advice. Prioritized tuning recommendations are shown in a standard web browser or via automated email. From here, users can perform simulations, fine-tune the controller, select robustness, and generate loop documentation. Live links to detailed dashboards can be used to inspect all aspects of control loop performance. Only Microsoft Internet Explorer software is required on the client computer.

George Buckbee, Vice President of Product Development at ExperTune says: "I’ve been tuning control loops myself for over 20 years. Loop tuning has always been a time-consuming process, with a lot of waiting. This new approach takes all the waiting out of the process. Now, engineers and technicians can confidently tune dozens of control loops a single day."

The new features link directly to PlantTriage’s Active Model Capture Technology, or AMCT. AMCT scans the plant 24 hours a day, looking for operator setpoint changes or output changes. From this normal operating data, the software models the process, finds new tuning, and shows the improvement. The PlantTriage server maintains a history of these process models, and tuning values, as well as other control performance metrics.

John Gerry, President of ExperTune says "ExperTune's expertise has been recognized through multiple industry awards. We pride ourselves on putting this expertise into easy-to-use tools. The new browser-based tools make our knowledge and experience even more accessible and easy to use."

Browser-based tuning tools are available as a standard feature in PlantTriage version 9, which starts shipping this year.   About ExperTune’s PlantTriage® For 23 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide.  PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls.  The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes.  The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation.  For more information, set your browser to www.planttriage.com.

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Greg Shinskey's Advice Now Available in Real-Time

October 2009

Greg Shinskey's Advice

World-renowned process control expert F. Greg Shinskey will soon be providing advice to hundreds of plants, in real time.  ExperTune's PlantTriage software has captured much of Mr. Shinskey's process control knowledge in an on-line expert system.  The software takes real-time data from any control system, then applies Mr. Shinskey's rules, giving an instant analysis of process, control, instrument, and control valve issues. 

F. Greg Shinskey is well-known in the field of process control. A practitioner of process control for over 50 years, he has received 17 patents, authored 7 books and over 100 articles.  Mr. Shinskey is the recipient of ISA’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received entry into the Process Automation Hall of Fame.  Mr. Shinskey's approach to energy saving and process improvement have been adopted by many companies in the process industries.

John Gerry, President and founder of ExperTune says “Many of our clients have experienced very subtle and often misleading symptoms from their automation systems.  Few plants have the luxury of such deep expertise on their staff.  We are very excited to be able to bring Greg's expertise into hundreds of plants at once.”

The PlantTriage software draws real-time data from a control system or process data historian.  The software measures over 80 aspects of controller performance, then applies Shinskey's analysis.  The result is real-time advice for instruments, controllers, valves, and process equipment.  Results are displayed in dashboards on a web browser, or via event-driven email alerts.  These new features are part of PlantTriage version 9, which is being released this month.

Shinskey's analysis is based on each controller’s configuration, the type of loop being controlled (flow, level, temperature, and pattern recognition of real-time trend information).  So the advice provided is very specific, providing a complete explanation of the problem, its symptoms, and the steps required to resolve it.

Mr. Gerry concludes, "Imagine if every plant in the world could have Greg Shinskey on their staff.  The energy savings alone would be staggering."

About ExperTune's PlantTriage®

For 23 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide.  PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls.  The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes.  The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation.  For more information, set your browser to www.planttriage.com.




The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Controls Engineers

July 2009

A whitepaper from ExperTune, "Discover The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Controls Engineers", can be downloaded at no-charge from:

Highly successful control engineers develop a consistent set of work habits. These habits result in improved plant efficiencies and in those improvements being visible to the organization. This white paper addresses specific habits that engineers can develop or enhance to be more successful. A successful control engineer can deliver 6 to 10 times their annual salary in documented savings, using the techniques shown in this paper.

ExperTune compiled the "7 Habits" from over 20 years of experience, working with thousands of control engineers around the world. It addresses two key issues facing engineers today:

  1. Overcoming the struggle to identify results
  2. How to get recognized for great results

This paper describes each of the seven habits that have driven success for control engineers worldwide.

About ExperTune and PlantTriage

For 23 years, ExperTune has created award-winning optimization software now running in thousands of plants world-wide. PlantTriage® Control Performance Monitor oversees the optimization of an entire plant, including equipment, operations, and controls. The PlantTriage suite of optimization tools are designed to increase the efficiency of processes. The tools include swing or oscillation detection and elimination, interaction analysis, modeling, robustness, linearization, valve wear analysis, pH linearization, time series analysis, MPC performance improvement, 6-sigma, frequency response, and PID tuning tools. ExperTune is a member of the OPC Foundation. For more information, set your browser to www.planttriage.com.



 

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