Posts Tagged ‘process dynamics’

Neural Network for Product Quality Estimation

Posted in Measurement, Variability Management on Wednesday, March 24th, 2010. No comments yet
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Neural networks, not the ones in our brains, but the ones that came out of the artificial intelligence research, began back in the 1940s. This advanced process control (APC) technology has been used in the process industries for many years for applications ranging from virtual sensors to end of batch prediction. Neural networks have been [...]

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Down In New Orleans an Interactive Process Control Improvements Seminar

Posted in Education, Process Optimization on Tuesday, February 16th, 2010. No comments yet
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Since it’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans today, I’ll do a rare, same-day post. This year is an extra big year with the New Orleans Saints football team bringing the Super Bowl trophy home to the Crescent City. As a former resident back in the 1980s, I’m obliged to bring a bit of the sounds [...]

Refinery Solves Crude Unit Issues by Getting Back to Basics

Posted in Crude Unit, Refining, Variability Management on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009. No comments yet
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Sometimes plants go through a revamp and things just don’t work right. Loops that used to run fine in automatic mode now run in manual mode and require constant attention. I caught up last week with Emerson’s James Beall, a principal process control consultant, whom you may recall from earlier posts. James shared a great [...]

A Few Tips to Optimize Your Process

Posted in Final Control Element, Process Optimization, Variability Management on Tuesday, March 24th, 2009. No comments yet
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I’ve featured quite a number of experts around Emerson over these past three years. Some categories, like Process Optimization, have more than 50 posts. There is quite a bit of wisdom mixed in all those posts. A few months ago, I was asked by Plant Engineering magazine managing editor, Jack Smith, if I’d be willing [...]

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For These Economic Times, Squeeze More Out Of Your Process

Posted in Control Strategies, Process Optimization on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009. No comments yet
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One only has to come across reports like the Institute for Supply Management‘s Manufacturing ISM Report On Business to see the slowing global economic conditions. The report notes: Manufacturing activity continued to decline at a rapid rate during the month of December. The decline covers the full breadth of manufacturing industries, as none of the [...]

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