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DCS-APC (Advanced Process Control) a better and superior option to MPC (Model Predictive Control) in olefins plants

In recent times, most olefins plants crack ethane that is more readily available than a few decades ago.  Olefins plants built during the 1970s to 1990s were often more complex.  The olefins plants were equipped with more complex furnace configuration than today.  The older olefins plant furnaces were designed for a lot of flexibility; they […]
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Short Educational Video on Transfer Function Identification for Zero Order Plus Dead Time Process Model

Welcome to our second video from PiControl Solutions on practical Industrial System Identification and Process Control as we continue with a series of short, practical, and useful educational videos. In this video we continue with Transfer Function models. We will show you how to visually identify Zero-Order Transfer Function parameters with a delay, and like […]
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Textbook APC (Advanced Process Control) for Urea Plant

Typically, urea is manufactured by reacting liquid ammonia and carbon in an autoclave, where ammonium carbamate is formed.  Ammonium carbamate is dehydrated in the synthesis reactor to molten urea.  The product is fed to vacuum evaporator for concentrating the slurry.  Slurry is dried in a prilling tower and passed from the top of the tower […]
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Powerful DCS-based APC (Advanced Process Control) for Ammonia Production Plant

A typical modern ammonia-producing plant first converts natural gas, liquified petroleum gas, or petroleum naphtha into gaseous hydrogen. Starting with a feedstock heavy in methane as a main component. The initial step in the process is to add steam, and the mixture goes to two reformer reactors where hydrogen plus carbon monoxide is formed. Air […]
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PiControl Presented Modern Closed-Loop System Identification and Multi-Objective PID Tuning Technology over Automation Blog podcast

PiControl Solutions LLC engineers were special guests on The Automation Blog podcast (https://theautomationblog.com/picontrol-pid-loop-tuning/), presenting PITOPS: the latest process control technology for full-blown Multivariable Closed-Loop System Identification, PID Tuning and Advanced Process Control (APC) Design and Optimization. System Identification (or Model Identification) is the procedure or method of finding optimal values for process model parameters.  Knowledge […]
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Adaptive Advanced Control in DCS or PLC

Advanced Process Control in Chemical Plants Advanced Process Control (APC) is now commonly used in most chemical plants.  APC consists of math and logic algorithms that reside in a DCS or PLC or on a host computer.  These algorithms monitor process variables and move the plant towards the direction of increasing profit.  Benefits of APC […]
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Closed-Loop System Identification Software and Technology for LNG Plant MPC (Model Predictive Control) and APC (Advanced Process Control)

 PiControl Solutions LLC, a leader in industrial process control software, services, consulting and training has been contracted by a large USA based LNG producer for the closed-loop analysis of LNG plant data for improving MPC (model predictive control) and APC (advanced process control) models. PiControl's closed-loop system identification technology provided in the PITOPS and COLUMBO […]
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Does your process really need MPC (model predictive control)?  Check out DCS-based APC (advanced process control) before you decide.

Beware of Model Predictive Control (MPC) and Distributed Control System (DCS) companies trying to sell you expensive software that you do not need. We live in a world full of products and services. Many products and services are good and fall in the win-win category where the customer needs them and the supplier provides them. […]
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Automated Process Control Performance and KPI Reporting System

PiControl Solutions LLC has successfully created automated process control performance and KPI reporting system for Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL). High level management, process engineers and process control engineers, instrumentation and operator technicians are continuously reported on control loop performance, as a part of fully revolutionary primary and advanced process control (APC) performance monitoring and diagnostics […]
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